I became interested in folk music in my late teens relating to my interests in alternative music. I studied traditional stringed instrument construction 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. Indeed this was the other side of the coin compared to Dunn's style of building. Each has it's own merits. In combining these two schools I came upon my conception of lutherie that melded them both into one.
After leaving Larrivee I set up as an independent luthier and survived as such for over six years 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.
THE MUSIC. I am also busy playing music with some friends on the island here in a world beat band called Nomad on bouzouki and guitar, and also in a pop acoustic trio Sensus in the past and maybe future. More recently I have been playing in a contra dance group and doing some dances on Hornby. Might be going other places as well. 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 wife Michelle, son Finnley and daughter Lily. I also spend some of my time helping Michelle with her caravan building business, Hornby Island Caravans. Adding to the spectrum are 2 crazy dogs and a bunch of chickens.
You can learn more about our Island here.
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