I started off in luthiery as a hobbyist while working in the field of Psychiatric Counseling. I built a number of guitars over 10 years as a hobby before leaving my previous occupation to take up instrument craft full time, that was in 1995. Since then I have worked full time in luthiery. Though I do build a handful of guitars each year the main activity of my shop is repair and restoration of vintage guitars. My shop serves private customers and dealers alike.
When I was first starting out I found the ASIA membership and publication to be a great and useful resource. Through participation in the various Symposia and regional events I’ve come to find ASIA’s community of members an open and helpful lot, always ready to share information and learn from one another. It is this characteristic that, in my opinion, is ASIA’s greatest strength.
The organization’s members represent every point along the learning curve, from novice to living legends of instrument craft. The membership offers an enormous pool of luthiery knowledge and skill and ASIA is the medium for sharing that knowledge and those skills with other builders and repair techs. I have enjoyed ASIA as a member since 1988, and I am proud to be able to contribute to ASIA in the capacity of board membership.