After many years of writing advertising, I started building guitars in a desperate attempt to balance my karmic debt.
That was 2008.
The first one took 2 years. 2 years of making pretty much every mistake imaginable. And some that weren't. But I finished it. And apparently, guitars are not unlike potato chips. I couldn't stop after just one.
And it's since taken on a life of its own.
I've studied voicing with Ervin Somogyi.
French polishing with Joshia de Jonge.
Fretting and setup with Dave Collins at Ann Arbor Guitars.
I even survived Kent Carlos Everett's Master Class.
I'm a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans-ASIA (see what they did there?).
I've written for American Lutherie magazine, the quarterly publication of the Guild.
So basically, what we have here is a hobby that's gotten wildly out of hand. And it's getting worse. As I gradually ease out of advertising, I'm looking forward to upping my production from my current 3 guitars/year to 8.