I have been building acoustic guitars since 2005 in my small shop in Brookline, MA.
I came to guitar building from a background in Fine Arts and surprised myself with how fascinated I became with the process and discipline of building acoustic guitars. I had never been the type to work methodically on mechanical or technical projects and I found the exacting work very rewarding. It also inspired in me an interest in materials and methods of fabrication that continues to this day.
I work alone, and on one project at a time, and I greatly value the control I have over the entire process of building custom instruments. I consider it a luxury to be able to spend the necessary amount of time to do something well, and bring to completion something that has been in process for months or, in some cases, years. In my work I am always looking towards refining aspects of the design, building process, and interaction with the guitar. This often involves looking to the past as well as to the future and finding common ground between new ideas and old.
I currently split my working time between my home shop and the Fabrication Lab at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. That diverse and stimulating environment has been an important influence on my approach to building and making in general. I am continually exposed to new ideas, methods, and personalities; all of which help to broaden my ideas about what is possible and how best to approach it.
What I appreciate in an acoustic guitar is a lightweight, balanced instrument with a wide dynamic range and a comfortable, inviting feel for the player. Aesthetically I prefer an instrument that is cohesive, rooted in classic design and has specific areas of complexity and interest that invite closer inspection.