It all started one night when I was I looking at my guitar and I began to think about how it was constructed. I have always been interested in figuring out how things are made and I thought, "Hmmm. It's just wood and glue. How hard could it be?" Little did I know this thought would change my life.
I started building my first guitar in my dad’s woodshop with some cheap mahogany and cedar. I quickly discovered that guitar building was more complicated than I first thought. So, I took some time to read books and spent many hours on the internet finding out as much information as I could on the subject. I spent a few weeks building molds, clamps, side benders and acquiring all the tools that I needed. Then, I found a luthier in my hometown, Doug Trivette. Doug had been building instruments for 20+ years and is also a fantastic picker. I visited his shop to learn as much as I could. I finished my first guitar about four months later. It wasn't the prettiest thing in the world, but it had a great sound and I was extremely happy that I had I built an instrument with my own two hands.
Shortly after I finished, I realized that since I had all the molds and tools. I might as well build another. And then I was hooked. Since that time, I have built about 40 guitars and almost 150 weissenborns. !0 years later I still get excited to string up a new instrument.