Guitars have been my passion since I was a kid. Playing guitars, modifying guitars, buying guitars, studying guitars, coveting guitars.
I started taking lessons, age 11, on an imported dreadnaught my parents bought for me. The following year I got my first electric, a Harmony Strat copy. By 9th grade I had upgraded to a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Studio, white with gold hardware.
Not long after, I found myself carving Stratocaster-style bevels and contours into this lovely Les Paul, and chiseling out a 3rd pickup cavity, and with my dad's help, completely rewiring it with 6 knobs and 3 toggle switches. And I painted it metallic blue. This was my first major guitar mod job.
I went to college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where I continued studying acoustic guitar styles on my trusty $150 import, and I also studied extensively in the West African music department, playing all 4 years in a Ghanian drumming ensemble.
In 2001 I landed a job doing repairs at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz, California, a store known for it's busy service department and impressive inventory. It was there I played my first high-end acoustic guitars (Santa Cruz, Goodall, Lowden, Breedlove, etc.) and realized what it was to play a multi-thousand-dollar guitar.
From 2005 to 2010 I worked at Keyfax NewMedia Inc., a Santa Cruz-based company specializing in music technology and education. My duties were many and varied, from pro audio sales and support to marketing and content creation.
While living in Santa Cruz I played bass and guitar with Oka Road, an original rock band with 3 studio albums to our name, and on projects with Rob Owen, a talented and acclaimed singer-songwriter from the Bay Area.
I have been a member of the Guild of American Luthiers since 2003 and I studied with Charles Fox at the American School of Lutherie in Portland in 2011. In March 2013 I relocated my shop from Santa Cruz to Bellingham, Washinton.