The Shop
My shop is climate controlled. I try to let all building materials acclimate to my shop environment for at least six months or longer if needed before building with it. I believe that this is the best way to insure the performance and life of each guitar from season to season.

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The Wood
The woods used to build my guitars are personally selected. I prefer to obtain logs or billets and resaw to make my own guitar sets. All wood is quarter sawn for strength and stability. A priority is placed on stiffness, especially for tops. Stiff strong tops allow me to build lighter guitars and gain maximun output of sound. I evaluate each piece of wood based on its tap tone. This process of wood selection and preparation is time consuming, but the end result is worth the investment.

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Top Bracing
 
The tops of my guitars are braced with a double X method. A traditional main X brace is installed with a secondary sub X below in the lower bout area. The tops of my guitars are thickened so that they taper in the middle and gradually get thinner towards the outside edges of the top. This tapering helps maximize the output and flow of sound vibrations through the top. I also scallop my top braces ( shaving excess material) so I can still build strong, but lighter, with more efficiency of sound performance.

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Back Bracing

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The backs of my guitars have a 15 foot radius. I use a heavy center back brace from top to bottom, which allows me to use only three cross braces. I believe that this configuration has the most strength to hold the radius true, while still keeping the guitar construction light.

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Thoughts on Guitar Making
It has always been my goal to be original in the design and shape of my guitars, rather than making clone copies. I rely upon using time tested traditional construction techniques, but also take advantage of new technology as it becomes available. One example of new technology would be the development and improvement of water based lacquers. I have recently started finishing my guitars with this “Green Friendly” product. It is not hazardous to the environment or my lungs as the traditional nitrocellulose lacquer. Oh, did I mention the water based lacquer provides a beautiful protective finish for my guitars!

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