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Welcome to Confessions of an Amateur Luthier! In the beginning there was certainly music . . . and it continues to be one of the most important, fundamental things in life. It is simply ‘elemental’, like food, but food for the soul.

There comes a point in one’s life where you start to re-assess what you’re doing with your time and what your legacy will be when you’re gone. This started for me in 2004 for some odd reason. It probably had something to do with having turned 50!

Some have asked why I call it ‘Amateur’? Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American Author and Lecturer once said:

“Every artist was once an amateur.”

and I strive toward that idea. I’ve always enjoyed doing thing with my hands, making things, fixing stuff. When I’m gone I’d like there to be more left than just having pushed bits around on computers all day. Don’t get me wrong, computers are important in my life, but there is more out there.

So, I thought it would be cool to build a guitar, even tho’ I don’t really play it! So I started to build one . . . then I got interested in inlay, so I built an ‘ukulele to put the inlay into . . . one thing led to another and along the way I’ve built about 15 ‘ukuleles and restored a few other instruments, a balalaika, a couple of Neapolitan mandolins.

I’m actively building ‘ukuleles, but a few years ago I got it into my head to try building a harpsichord, which is a much longer story.

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