With several years in the trade of cabinet and furniture making behind me, I became frustrated with heavy machinery, and the factory mentality of quantity before quality. I wanted to combine my knowledge as a musician with a longing to use my hands for work that comes from patience and skill.
In 1999, I moved to Chicago to attend the School of Violin Making when I met renowned restorer Russell Wagner of Chicago Celloworks. After our meeting, Russell encouraged me to take an apprenticeship with him in cello repair. This opportunity was too good to let pass by and I accepted the offer. During this time I saw many fine, historic instruments which turned my focus to restoration. Learning time honored methods, exacting work, and the understanding of tonal properties of instruments formulated a solid foundation in repair and conservation which stays with me to this day.
After leaving Chicago, I took a position with Arnold Schnitzer, a talented and reputable bass luthier in New York State. This also exposed me to many fine instruments and players that passed through his shop. It was here that I gained a practical knowledge and understanding of the doublebass, thus giving me a chance to apply and hone my skills. My years spent in the shop led to a mutual love and respect for the instrument. Also during this time, I began my classical studies with Peter Galligar (formerly of the Hartford symphony) to further my relationship with the instrument.
In 2003, I decided to open a workshop of my own in Providence, Rhode Island to fill a growing need for doublebass luthiers in the New England area. Ultimately, I hope to further new standards in quality and treatment of the doublebass. I am dedicated to the preservation, respect, and advancement of this instrument and hope to further my skills through continual education and friendships with some of the most talented people in the field.