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.

The banjo is finished, and the dreadnought is in the finishing stage. I'm enjoying it, so have started both another violin and dreadnought guitar. When they'll be completed -- when I feel like it. My guess is that they will move pretty slowly, especially as the weather breaks and I'm able to get back outside.


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!


Into the finishing process already is this straight-up bluegrass dreadnought guitar. It will feature a Torrefied red spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, Waverly tuning machines, hot hide glue construction, and if my prior ventures into Torrefied tops is any indication, killer sound.


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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