I started building guitars in 2003.
My first workshop was in the front room of a terrace house in Redfern, Sydney. It was a little unusual for friends to walk straight in from the street to a sort of arcane space of guitar building. I’m very fortunate to have had a supportive partner.
I had a workshop at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney until January 2017 when we moved to Port Chalmers, New Zealand. In May 2017 I finished establishing my workshop there. It’s a wonderful, creative, nurturing space where I am always in the present. But it is also a practical space, a place for instrument building.
Like most guitar makers, I employ both handcraft and mechanical equipment. Bandsaws, sanders, routers are common in the luthier’s workshop, as are chisels, planes, specialised handsaws, measuring devices and all shapes and sizes of hand-sanding blocks. I have an array of gigs purpose built for my guitar shape.