I grew up in Vermont, where I developed my love of music, woodworking, and the outdoors. I began building musical instruments at a young age. I've been a student of traditional woodworking for many years, and I enjoy using a full spectrum of ancient to modern techniques in my shop. I specialize in archtop stringed instruments, but I've built a variety of other stringed, wind, and percussion instruments. I've been building instruments professionally since 2003.
I have a bachelors degree in geology from Middlebury College, and a masters degree in physical geography from the University of Oregon. My science background has been a tremendous aid in coming to understand the mechanics of musical instruments, and for me the convergence of art and science is one of the draws of luthiery. I use a scientific approach to documenting existing great-sounding instruments, and this study has vastly influenced my own work.
In my limited spare time I enjoy telemark skiing, photography, gardening, tinkering with electronics, and far too many other hobbies. I live with my lovely wife Sarah, our children Will and Zoe, our golden retriever Sophie who helps heat the shop in the winter (summer too), and Gus the cat.
You can check out one of my recent side projects at mintysynth.com.