I began building instruments in a basement workshop while attending music school during the
mid 1970's, building a classical guitar for myself and then instruments at the request of two other students. Bruce Everett, one of the classic guitar instructors during my time at OSU, encouraged
me to consider instrument making as a career and I continued to build guitars while in school.
Upon the completion of my degree in 1977, the shop was moved to a storefront in Grandview Heights, Ohio and opened in June of that year. The shop offered retail sales of guitars, lessons,
and repairs, in addition to instrument construction.
In November of 1982, the retail and lesson side of the business was sold to Greg Hankins who moved to a suburban mall and renamed the store, Twin Rivers Music. During this time, repairs and service of fretted instruments grew and required additional space for a repair staff, thus my shop relocated to the present location in 1993. During the following twenty years, the shop serviced 2,000 instruments per year and the customer list grew to 6,800 fretted instrument enthusiasts, professionals, and collectors.
Now at retirement age, I have made the difficult decision to scale back my daily responsibilities.
As of January, 2015, I no longer operate and supervise a busy repair shop or maintain daily business and customer hours. Limiting service to one day per week allows me to spend more time making the instruments that I love, and to have more time with my wife and family. After all of these years, I am once again working by myself, as a solo artisan, designing and creating fretted instruments.