Born in 1941 in a small surfing community of San
Diego, California, my interest in wood and craftsmanship started
when I was young, working under the guidance of my father to shape
my first balsa wood surfboard. I was captivated and throughout my
life have continued to enjoy and pursue working with wood and hand
Flamenco music was popular with San Diego surfers when I was a teenager
and at age 16 I went to Tijuana, Mexico to purchase my first guitar
and began teaching myself to play. Though I let go of playing long
ago, my love for flamenco music has remained.
Looking forward to professional retirement, my interest
in guitars was intensely rekindled through meeting a
skilled luthier. I immediately studied a library of
books on the building of classical and flamenco guitars
and began experimenting with several methods of traditional
From the selection and feel of the woods to the smell
of the sawdust as I work, the creative process of taking
several pieces of rough wood and crafting them in to
an instrument that makes a beautiful sound has become
my passion. So much so that I've gone on several trips
to Spain to take workshops with Jose Romanillos, receiving
expert personal instruction from this master.
Now I've honed a building and guitar style of my own that blends
my ideas with many traditional and respected techniques including
those of Jose Romanillos, Marcello Barbero, and Ignacio Fleta ,
creating an exceptional hand crafted guitar. My creative innovations
are inspired by the flamenco and classical music that continually
plays in my workshop.
For me, the pinnacle joy of building is seeing my instruments
being played by anyone; from my young neighbor boy strumming
with enthusiasm to professionals who experience all
I've strived to put into them; playability, tonal quality,
and fine craftsmanship.