At the age of 13 is when I got the chance to have my first guitar. It was a no name guitar from West Germany. It had plastic frets and a marker for a bridge. When I was about 14 years old I began apprenticing at the Wild Dutch`s Guitar Hospital. It was here that I learned some of the fundamentals of guitar repair. After working with Mr. Boehlein, I began to repair guitars for a local guitar shop Difiores Music. Here I honed my repair skills, but I began to feel after repairing so many instruments and seeing their design flaws I began designing my own guitars in my head. Fortunately, I am a second-generation cabinetmaker, raised in my Father`s cabinet shop. Here I got to experience woodworking techniques shared to me from the many brilliant cabinetmakers within my Father`s cabinet shop. From that point on I began expressing myself through working wood. With an idea of what a guitar should be and the skills I gained from my profession, I finally built my first guitar when I was about 19 years old. From that moment on I was hooked. It was the perfect blend of my love for instruments and my creative outlet of woodworking. There has not been a waking moment where guitar building was not on my mind. I feel very lucky to be part of this craft and to be able to provide musicians with the tools that they need to express themselves. It is a wonderful symbiotic relationship we have.