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I have been building and repairing stringed instruments for nearly 20 years.  I studied guitar building at the Roberto -Venn School of Luthiery, and have been working on my goal of building of the worlds finest instruments since. 

     When I was 17-years-old, my grandfather gave me my first guitar.  It was a 1965 Gibson ES-330TD.  I immediately started to clean it up.   I polished the pickup covers and tuning keys, cleaned the fingerboard and made the body shine.  Even though I played the guitar every day, I found that I was more fascinated by how  it worked and how it was built.


     When I was  19 I decided to try to build a guitar.  I went at it with no experience, research, or training.  After a few months, I had a playable guitar. The action was a mile high and it weighed twice as much as it should have, but the seed had been planted.  A few weeks later I started to build another, and then another. 

     After graduating from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in 2006, I moved to Chicago to work for the Boutique electric bass manufacturer Lakland Basses.  After a short time I became the shop supervisor and was blessed with the opportunity to build instruments for some of my favorite musicians and to do the prototyping for many of Laklands current models.  

     Lakland had a work atmosphere that promoted creativity and encouraged its employees to build their own instruments.  This afforded me the opportunity to use the shop and build as many instruments as I liked.  I spent many years honing in my acoustic guitar design.  In 2014 I opened a repair shop on Chicago's north side with a focus on custom building.  Over time my guitars became more and more popular and I now focus entirely on my handcrafted guitars.

     Today I live in Ann Arbor Michigan with my beautiful wife and two sons.  Since that first guitar, I haven't looked back.  My passion for building continues to expand, my understanding is constantly broadening, and my curiosity only grows stronger.


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