I became interested in folk music in my late teens relating to my interests in alternative music. I started studying traditional stringed instrument construction at Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C., and completed my first instrument, a classical guitar, in 1989 at the age of 19. My instructor was Michael Dunn, who builds mainly in the traditional Spanish system that he had in turn studied as an apprentice in Spain in the 1960's. Under his tutelage I studied for over two years and built ten instruments including resophonic guitars, a couple of Maccaferris and my first Irish Bouzouki. Concluding my training I moved on to work with Larrivee guitars for an additional two years. Here I honed my tool skills and production techniques

I set up as an independent luthier in 1993 in Vancouver, B.C Then in 1997 I moved to Hornby Island, still on the west coast, and a beautiful place to live. Since then all of my time has been spent in designing and building bouzoukis and guitars.

I play bouzouki in a contra dance group on Hornby. My go-to instrument at home is the guitar, which I have played since the age of 9, now usually open tuned and fingerstyle. You can catch a few of my compositions here on myspace.

I live near Sandpiper beach on Hornby Island, British Columbia with my talented wife Michelle, son Finnley and daughter Lily.

You can learn more about our Island here.



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