Many of my guitars have found homes with some of the West Coast's finest musicians. The sound and playability of these guitars meet the standards of serious pro players.
I try to use domestic Canadian woods for tops, backs, necks, and sides. Of course, tropical hardwoods are often more practical for fingerboards and other fittings, but I try to stay with locally-sourced, sustainably and responsibly harvested woods as much as I can. I do this partly because of my strong belief in supporting my local economy, but also because I simply think these woods are great! I am lucky to live in Vancouver, BC, at the doorstep of a vast and beautiful province full of incredible forests. Most of the best douglas fir, red and yellow cedar, bigleaf maple, sitka and engelmann spruce trees grow here. Since I was a small child, I have hiked, canoed, and fly-fished in the mountains of BC. My deep connection with wood and woodworking began with these experiences and was nurtured by my father (a boatbuilder), and my grandfather (a patternmaker and artist). These men taught me to love the natural world and introduced me to the satisfaction of working with my hands, heart, and head to make beautiful and useful things.
All instruments are finished in a completely non-toxic french-polished shellac or with truo-oil varnish. Recycled and reclaimed woods are used whenever possible.