I apprenticed and worked at Arrowhead Guitars in Duluth, MN in the early 1970s, a shop that specialized in six and twelve string acoustic guitars and repairs and restorations with two luthiers who had worked with long time builder Charles Hoffmann from Minneapolis. Later in the early 1990s I built custom "T" style guitars with phenolic and wood composite necks with one piece swamp ash bodies (a few with artwork engraving) working out of Greg Curbow’s shop in North Georgia. Greg was a deeply talented designer, builder known for his futuristic basses, use of alternate materials and a cranky perfectionist; he was a friend and inspiration. In the 2000s I began building my current series w/ traditional materials and modern playability concerns.
My years of gigging and a desire for something that I felt worked better inspired me to design a new model, the t90 model for late Blues Guitarist and friend, Sean Costello. It’s a great joy to build instruments that inspires guitar players. And that’s the lofty goal: build expressive instruments that feel organic and respond like an extension of the artists hands.