I am originally from New York City, but by way of a long and meandering journey finally moved to Vermont in 1976 to work and teach with Charles Fox at the Guitar Research and Design Center in South Strafford, Vermont. My own school, Vermont Instruments, opened in January of 1982. Along with guitar work, I also built houses and worked as a professional cook, school teacher and jazz drummer. I’ve been a consultant for Yamaha Guitars and was the master luthier teaching a team of Balinese artists how to make guitars in Bali.
I’m not building houses or cooking professionally any more, but I’m still playing music, and occasionally sailing around on the lake, or in the garden. I live with my wife, Pippa, who is a painter and surface design artist, and not far from my three children, my grand-daughter Katie and grand-son Clyde.