In 1973 I rode a bicycle from Toronto to Regina, with my only reading material being Irving Sloane's "Classical Guitar Construction". By the time I returned home, this book resembled a well-worn comic book more than the hard cover text it started life as. I was hooked.
During my tenure at the Larrivee workshop I was also lucky to be able to work with a series of extremely talented artisans including Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer, Sergei de Jonge, Tony Duggan-Smith and George Gray.
By 1977, I opened my own guitar building shop and enjoyed some success over the next 10 years, with an annual production of 20 - 24 instruments. During that time period, the foremost internationally distributed acoustic guitar magazine was the Guitar Player Publication "Frets". I was fortunate to receive high marks in their monthly review of handmade acoustic instruments.
During the seventies and eighties I was privileged to accept orders from performers that included Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne and Joan Baez. I produced close to two hundred guitars in the old Elmer Avenue and Oakcrest Avenue shops ... everything from my original Concert body style to Orchestra Models and Dreadnoughts, as well as hand carved archtop jazz guitars.
From 1990 until 2009 I was a partner in the Twelfth Fret Guitarists' Pro Shop in Toronto. My responsibilities included developing the acoustic instrument roster with special emphasis on small-shop and individual luthier brands. From 1996 until 2009 I also developed and maintained all aspects of the store's website.
Working in a retail environment that specialized in high-end acoustic guitars gave me access to a wide array of instruments from all over the world. Studying these instruments in detail ... their dimensions, resonant frequencies, top graduations, plate radius details ... was an education that has been invaluable to my developement as a luthier.
I am currently very busy designing and building new prototype guitars and ramping up for my new season of building in 2013. I hope you enjoy my site, and please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or just want to say "hello"!