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 three body sizes that I generally use as a baseline - the Academy model (similar in size to the traditional OM style of guitar), the larger Auditorium Model (a little smaller than a dreadnought guitar), and the small bodied Parlour model.


Other body sizes and shapes can be built to commission.



Archtop Guitars

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


I love archtop guitars, they are why I got into guitar making in the first place and I was fortunate to learn the craft from an established fiddle & cello maker. Making one is a true woodworking journey. To me, they are not just musical instruments, they are works of art. Just my opinion.



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.


If you've ever tried to buy a good hard 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 typical rosette designs and inlay work on the Galleries page.

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