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All in and all done: I'm officially retired. The F-5 mandolin below is the last custom instrument I'll be doing. I hope to continue doing some repair work, and perhaps some building when the urge is on me, but I won't be taking on any more commissions.

Since much of the website is no longer relevant, I'll be dismantling it over the next short while, and will be taking it down soon.

Thank each of you who purchased one of my instruments or even visited the site. You have made it possible for me to pursue a job that I love doing. I'm really sorry that I didn't get to build one for you.

Again, thank you.



This little beauty, a 1-17 style all-mahogany guitar, was my last commissioned build before I retire. The instrument retains the looks and unique characteristics of the original guitars of this style, but also incorporates more modern concepts such as carbon-fiber reinforcing and an adjustable truss rod. A perfect last instrument!


This F-style mandolin goes to a Baltimore-area customer, and is presentation grade from headstock to end pin. Red spruce top, blistered maple back and sides, tortoise binding, and a plethora of elegant details.


Thanks again! It's been fun!

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