Growing up, my father, Doug Aulson, owned his own business automating machinery. One of his many customers was Larry Sifel of Pearl Works in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Doug built Larry’s first CNC machines which helped him revolutionize the inlay industry.
I started working for Larry when I graduated from Salisbury University in 2002 with a graphic design degree. Studying computer-aided design (CAD) at the College of Southern Maryland and having Larry as a mentor led me to program and manufacture the 2005 double neck PRS Dragon. I enjoy using art and engineering together, as well as working with my hands—a job I didn’t even know existed was a right fit for me.
We started Aulson Inlay in 2012. The most extensive and intricate guitar I did was the 2015 PRS Dragon. We are an all-female shop except for my Dad in this a male-dominated industry. My first ASIA Symposium in the early 2000’s in Westminster was the turning point. After seeing the passion for the craft and the sharing of ideas and information, I decided that this was the career for me. I have had ongoing support and encouragement along the way from many men and women in the field all over the country and Canada along with organizations like ASIA and GAL They have been willing to impart their wisdom and encouragement for anyone who is willing to listen and learn.