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Here you will find a series of self-published articles, links to my free video content, and podcast appearances. I try to create a continuous flow of content that is transparent, honest and engaging. My goal is to educate, inspire and share the real picture of life as a contemporary luthier. Please enjoy and subscribe if you would like updates of new material as it comes online.
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WHY ITS CRUCIAL FOR YOUNG LUTHIERS TO THINK OUTSIDE TRADITION

LET ME PREFACE THIS ARTICLE BY SAYING THAT IT IS MY OPINION THAT A LUTHIER ISN’T REALLY A LUTHIER UNLESS THEY UNDERSTAND AND HAVE A PRETTY SOLID COMMAND OVER TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES, BUILD STYLES…

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BRANDING

I RECENTLY GAVE A LECTURE AT THE A.S.I.A. SYMPOSIUM ON THE CHALLENGES OF BUILDING A CAREER IN LUTHERIE. DURING THAT LECTURE, I TOUCHED ON SEVERAL THINGS WHICH I WILL PUT DOWN IN ARTICLE FORM IN THE COMING MONTHS. I WANTED TO TOUCH ON ONE SUBJECT …

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UPGRADING AN ARCTHOP

RECENTLY A CLIENT FROM HAWAII SENT ME AN ARCH-TOP GUITAR OF HIS FROM A CHINESE MANUFACTURER. IT WAS A PRETTY NICE INSTRUMENT, IT HAD A NICE TOP, SOME REALLY NICE MAPLE BACK AND SIDES, SOLID EBONY AND I COULD TELL IT HAD SOME REAL POTENTIAL. …

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APPRENTICESHIPS

IN ORDER TO TALK ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS TODAY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS HISTORICALLY. BACK IN THE PRE-INDUSTRIAL DAYS SKILLED TRADES MADE UP THE BULK OF POSSIBLE EMPLOYMENTS…

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IF YOU DO WHAT YOU LOVE….

A COMMON PHRASE IS THAT “IF YOU DO WHAT YOU LOVE YOU’LL NEVER WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE”. I HAVE HEARD THIS PHRASE MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT. USUALLY THE PEOPLE WHO SAY IT TO ME HAVE THE BEST INTENTIONS. …

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JOHN MONTELEONE ARTICLE

RECENTLY I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING WITH JOHN MONTELEONE IN DEPTH ON HIS LIFE, CAREER, AND PROCESS ON BEHALF OF GUITAR CONNOISSEUR MAGAZINE. THE ARTICLE JUST CAME OUT LAST MONTH IN THEIR AMERICAN GUITARS ISSUE FOR THE SUMMER OF 2016.…

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UPGRADING AN ARCTHOP

RECENTLY A CLIENT FROM HAWAII SENT ME AN ARCH-TOP GUITAR OF HIS FROM A CHINESE MANUFACTURER. IT WAS A PRETTY NICE INSTRUMENT, IT HAD A NICE TOP, SOME REALLY NICE MAPLE BACK AND SIDES, SOLID EBONY AND I COULD TELL IT HAD SOME REAL POTENTIAL.…

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INEW YEAR – NEW SHOP!

WELL, LAST NIGHT I OFFICIALLY SIGNED THE LONG OVER DUE LEASE TO A NEW SHOP SPACE. THE END OF 2015 WAS CHALLENGING. SOME PERSONAL/FAMILY ISSUES IN ADDITION TO ME FEELING LIKE MY BUSINESS JUST…