Luthier and Archtop Instrument Maker
Jay Jones Octave Mandolin.
Harry Hart's "Irish Angel".
Joyce Meck 3 point classic mandolin.
Brian Nixon 3 point mandolin.
Heather O'Shay Pumpkin Piccolo Mandolin.
Chrystal Copeland of "Breaking Blue."Pumpkin Burst F1 Mandolin.
Dan Otero of "Fourty Four Forty" and his Custom Birdseye Maple Mandola.
My current focus is carved archtop instruments in the Mandolin family (mandola, Octave mandolin, Bouzouki) . Flattop Instruments start around $650.00 and Carved archtop instruments usually start around $775.00. I also make instruments such as Ukuleles and guitars. Cost will depend upon size, flat or archtop, etc. They usually start around $500.00.
I have been building instruments full time since 2009. Prior to that the work was part time dating back to 1995. I have worked in fabrication of metals, woods, plastics, sealants, lacquers and paints for 20 years. I have played guitar and bass for 40+ years, mandolin since 2008. I have played in a couple of groups, did some recording, led worship at church, and recorded some compositions on my own through the years. Music is and has been an integral part of my life. I find it fascinating and enduring. There would be less trouble in the world if there was more people involved in learning and sharing music!
I craft musical instruments, I focus on hand carved archtops and backs .
Utilizing old school and new school techniques and materials. Sound is the primary pursuit, but along with that is playability and beauty. My work is made in America, and is influenced by the writings of Robert Siminoff, Tom Bills, Robert Benedetto and William Cumpiano. Their writings, lessons and experience have been invaluable in educating others in the art of Lutherie. I have been fortunate to create for and learn from some wonderful talented musicians. Their needs and wants have helped me to learn so much. My desire is to offer an affordable and attractive instrument with a sound all its own.
My thanks to those who have invested in me and supported my efforts:
Wendy Coleman Kevin Sturgeon
Hannah Neville Myles Friend
Chrystal Copeland of "Breaking Blue " Band
Jim Lavy Dan Otero of "Fourty Four Forty" Band.
Carmine Russo Jorge Lucero of "Cielo Los Rumberos"
Chris Morosin David Guzek
Penny DeRose Heather O'Shay
David DeRose Robert Snyder
Joyce Meck Paddy Kerr of "Naimh Ni Charra Band"
Encore Music Apple Mountain Music
Joyce Meck P. Haddock
Mark Hommemen Jay Jones
Harry Hart David Holtcamp of "Let It Grow" band