Music has been a big part of my life since I first began playing piano and guitar at the age of seven.

The progression from playing to building guitars came in 2008. I was looking for a new challenge, and despite having no previous woodworking experience I began looking into luthiery courses. A number of courses were available closer to home but I eventually settled on one offered by Sergei De Jonge in Chelsea, Canada. It proved to be an inspired choice, given (as I was to discover later) how highly regarded Sergei is within the international luthiery community.

For five weeks I lived and breathed guitars. Working in the De Jonge workshop, surrounded by instruments in various stages of construction was truly inspiring. Sergei is a great (and highly entertaining) teacher, and his willingness to share his vast knowledge with others is something I will never forget. Nor will I forget the sense of achievement I felt when my first guitar was strung up, or the pride I felt in bringing it home and showing it to my friends and family. I still get that feeling with each guitar I complete.

On my return to New Zealand I set up a very small workshop - so small in fact that the term workshop may be overstating the fact - and started on my first ‘solo’ build. It took 9 months to complete, as I had to source materials, purchase tools, and build the required jigs and moulds along the way. On completion of a further 5 or 6 instruments I headed back to Canada for another 5 weeks in Sergei’s workshop.

I don’t build guitars for a living - I have a ‘real’ job in the computer software industry. For me building guitars is an incredibly rewarding pastime – and a real passion. I only build 3 or 4 guitars a year, meaning every instrument really is one of a kind.

I get a great deal of satisfaction from creating something of quality, and from knowing that my instruments will be around making music for many years to come.