I grew up in Southern California and Yuma Arizona. My Father was a skilled craftsman and Engineer by trade. We were always in “the shop” building, mostly remote control aircraft, he taught me everything about quality building and patience.
I built my first guitar at the age of 11″. A grade school project completed by my Dad and I, it was a plywood “solid body” loosely based off of an old Norma guitar I had, with fishing line strings and a silver and blue spray can finish. It wasn’t much to look at, but I loved this guitar, and it planted a seed that would be realized years later.
I joined the Army just after High School and became a helicopter Crew Chief for three years. I then took employment with a large aerospace company and made a career of it for thirty years, and during this time around 1998 I began to build guitars. I had taken some great classical guitar classes at a local college and soon wanted a better instrument. My good friend Bubba Gross said “why don’t you just build one?”, so I did. I remember taking that first guitar into World of Strings in Long Beach California, and to my fortune the great builder Kathy Weingurt , who worked there at the time, came out to take a look at it. She said “that looks great, you should build another one!”. I am so grateful to her for her kind words and encouragement back then.