|My guitars are a blend of old and new, fantasy and reality.
They incorporate many elements of the classic forms of the instrument, but present them
in different context, drawing inspiration from nature, and its ability to transform the
shiny and new into true works of art.
I try to keep my designs and methods as simple as possible for many reasons.
Aesthetically, I feel this just makes for a more visually pleasing instrument,
putting the emphasis on the inherent beauty of the wood,
rather than on ostentatious detail.
More importantly, it represents an attempt to minimise impact on our ecosystem,
partly by reducing wasteful practices that do not significantly add to the practical value
of such an instrument, but mostly by promoting a more roots oriented, homegrown
approach to the electric guitar, which can easily be applied to
any number of other products.
I use a mix of locally harvested and salvaged materials.With a few exceptions,
all new wood comes from local timber whichI have sawn and dried myself.
This allows me to offer many species not commonly used in guitar making as alternatives
to the standard exotic woods that are becoming increasingly endangered,
as well as to make the most out of the timber I process.
Salvaged materials come from old barns, fences, and other structures, displaying
weather-worn surfaces, original saw marks, and nail holes.
With all these woods, I carefully incorporate knots, cracks, and other defects in a manner
that does not compromise the stability of the instrument,
but adds a great deal of visual interest.