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What's going on in my shop and news

After a summer spent catching up on jobs I've postponed for approximately 45 years, I'm finally finding myself with both the desire to make wood shavings, as well as the time to do so. I'm all caught up on repair work, so I've returned my attention to the new builds in progress.

Knowing that quite a number of aspiring builders and instrument enthusiasts use my construction pages for reference, I'm keeping the website open for awhile. Please feel free to browse the site, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

The sycamore dreadnought guitar is finished, so along with a new crop of repair jobs, I've resumed work on the violin.


This dreadnought guitar , like my most recent guitars, featurea a Torrefied red spruce top, Waverly tuning machines, a nicely rolled beveled edge, and all the other 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. The end result is visually stunning, feather light, and has all the mojo a bluegrass guitar could hope for.


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 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!


Thanks again! It's been fun!

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