Music and the guitar have been a very important part of my
life since I started playing the classical guitar at the age of
thirteen. It has been through this experience of the
instrument that my ideas about the guitar have developed.
I studied English Literature at university, but after completing
these studies I decided that I would teach myself to make
guitars. I made my first instrument in the garage at home - a
cold, but invaluable, experience - before moving to my
current workshop near Goring-on-Thames, in Oxfordshire.
From the outset I have been greatly indebted to the help and
advice of Christopher Dean, with whom I made contact before
starting to make guitars, and who has been instrumental in my
development. In the summer of 2007, I attended the
guitar-making course run by José and Liam Romanillos in
Sigüenza, Spain, and learnt a great deal from their method of
construction and ideas about sound, and about the selection
of high-quality wood.