Happening Now

What's going on in my shop and news

As I'd stated earlier, I'm retired now, but still tinkering. I'd planned on closing down the website, but circumstances have conspired against that blessed event (for me), so I'll be tinkering with that as well.

Again, thanks to everyone who has made it possible for me to spend a large portion of my adult life doing a job I love.

My wife's surgery and convalescence, deaths of family and friends, and raging arthritis have all conspired to keep me from the shop. Progress has been piecemeal, proceeding minutes rather than hours at a time. Hopefully nicer weather and better circumstances will allow me to get back to my real life.


This experimental bluegrass banjo is lightweight and supremely playable, yet still has great bluegrass chops. An integral tone ring and flange make it unique, and the marquetry back and the stealth fifth-string tuner make this one really unique. I'm lovin' it! And for a change, I get to keep it!


This straight-up bluegrass dreadnought guitar is finished and making music. It features a Torrefied red spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, Waverly tuning machines, hot hide glue construction, and like my prior ventures into Torrefied tops, has killer sound. I can't wait to get this one in a bluegrass jam!


Torrefied tops have proved so successful on my guitars, I've decided to take that step with one of my violins. This classical violin will feature gorgeous, tight-flamed maple back, neck and sides, a Torrefied European spruce top, and a hand-rubbed traditional oil finish. I can't wait to hear it.


This dreadnought guitar will, like my most recent guitars, also feature a Torrefied red spruce top, Waverly tuning machines, and all the bells and whistles that accompany a top-end guitar. What really makes this one special is an absolutely killer set of sycamore back and sides that I've been saving, dying to put into good use.


Thanks again! It's been fun!

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