As a third generation woodworker I got my start early on, growing up in my father’s workshop learning everything about wood and craftsmanship getting my first set of real tools when I was seven. By the time I was in my teens playing in bands, my shop skills were well honed. After playing a variety of guitars I remember thinking "wouldn’t it be great to make a guitar to my own specifications"! In the late 1980’s I began my career as a luthier working in music stores doing repairs and building custom instruments for local players. Soon after I began to do guitar work for the Jeff Healey Band, Rush and Glass Tiger. This line of work took me on international tours and into some major recording studios. To further develop my skills, I studied acoustic instrument construction at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In addition to being a luthier, I am also a professional audio engineer employed at the Shaw Festival for over 20 years as well as recording and live sound freelancing. I find the skill of critical listening and assessment as well as the knowledge of the physics of sound extremely valuable to me as a luthier. Some examples of CDs that I have produced and engineered include "Done Me Live" and "You, Me and the Whiskey" by The Done Me Wrongs, "Taking The Wheel" by Jeff Madden, "Tristan The Musical" and "Maria Severa" both composed by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli (Musical Director at the Shaw Festival), two CDs for the Niagara Men's Chorus and a CD for soprano Maria Shantz which was recorded in St. Mark's Anglican Church, the oldest church in Ontario.
|* Hand made guitars of the finest quality
|* The Art of tonal wood craft
|* Custom built to any specification (neck, shape, material etc.)
|* Showroom finishes
|* Precision set-ups, instrument repair & restoration
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