Most of my work is commission based, and instruments are built uniquely to suit the individual, so anything goes. But generally, the instruments I build fall into three broad categories -


Steel String Guitars

There are two body sizes that I generally use as a baseline - the Academy model which is similar in size to the traditional OM style of guitar, and the larger Auditorium Model. Oh, and there's the small bodied Parlour model as well. So three body sizes, then. Other body sizes can be built to commission - the owner gets to choose their own name. It's only fair.



Archtop Guitars

My archtop guitars are designed and built as acoustic instruments but they can have a floating humbucker pickup included as an option.



Mandolins, citterns, bouzoukis. Big, small, hand carved - endless possibilities exist in the mandolin family. So I restrict myself to the larger instruments - octave mandolin, cittern, and bouzouki with a common body size and variations in string courses and scale length as appropriate. ( I'll do an F style carved instrument if you ask me nicely ). If you've ever tried to buy a good case for a mandolin, you'll know why I stick to a common body size.



There are some photo albums of a few recent instruments along with some rosette designs and some inlay work on the Galleries page.

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