About me

I was born in London, England on 28th of August 1951. I left school at 18 and studied graphic design and printmaking at Bath Academy of Art and the Royal College of Art. My interest in guitar began in the early 60's with the explosion of the pop music industry. My first guitar, a cheap, burgundy coloured, acoustic f hole cutaway soon had a pickup fitted, got played endlessly and became what I recognise now as the seed of passion which has endured to this day.

my first guitar

At 16 I made my first guitar, a solid electric with a Burns feel to it complete with a scroll style head . I sold it to a friend a few years later and got hold of a Gibson acoustic which was ok, though what I really dreamed of owning was a small bodied Martin 045. In 1978 while running a furniture making workshop I made my first acoustic guitar based on that Martin and soon after a Torres style classical with help from Kevin Aram who has since established himself as a leading luthier.

At that point my path was clear; I was hooked as it were, although it was a further 10 years before it was possible to devote myself to guitar making full time. This coincided with move to Devon in the southwest of England, and thanks to a setting up grant from the Crafts Council of Great Britain whose selectors included Jose Romanillos, David Rubio and Paul Fischer. In 1991 I received awards from the David Canter Memorial fund and Southwest Arts. In 1995 I moved into a studio on the Dartington estate in south Devon, home of the renowned Dartington International Summer School.

During the past few years I have enjoyed a growing international reputation with customers in North and South America, Canada, the Far East and Australia as well as mainland Europe and the UK.

I live in Dartington with my wife Anna and stepdaughters Ruby and Kaely. Although primarily self taught as a guitar maker I am indebted to the many luthiers and guitarists I have befriended for their advice, support and encouragement.

Last Updated: August 2002