I discovered the classical guitar whilst at university, and began playing and listening. In the mid 1990s I came across a book in my local library, "Classic Guitar Construction" by Irving Sloane. This book has launched many luthiers on their careers, and as I began to read it, I realised I was hooked, and would have to make at least one guitar. Once I had made that first guitar I was even more firmly hooked, and thirsty for more knowledge and experience. The passion has endured ever since. In 2013 I switched careers and the guitar making took over.
I have had help and advice along the way from many guitar makers, including Stephen Hill, Pablo Requena and Peter Barton. Many other makers have also shared knowledge and experience with me , as I have with others.
I make my guitars using traditional tonewoods, such as rosewood, maple, or cypress for the back and sides, and spruce or cedar for the soundboard. The construction is traditional, with fan bracing similar to Torres design and inspired by Jose Romanillos guitars . Most tasks are completed with hand tools, and I make all the design elements, including the rosette banding and purfling. I use hot hide glue for most of the construction, because of its proven longevity and acoustic properties. The only parts I don’t make are the tuners, frets and strings.
I finish my guitars with French polish. This is a slightly more vulnerable finish, but looks great, is easily repaired, tolerates normal careful use, and does not impair the sound of the guitar.
I guarantee the workmanship and materials for the original purchaser.
Hand crafted Classical and Flamenco Guitars