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Oxwood Handmade
My passion is to produce guitars for the player whose ear and skill level is developing and desires a guitar that picks up on subtle nuances in their playing. A guitar with a lively and inspiring voice that outperfoms off-the-shelf models and feels like the guitar you've been dreaming of. I enjoy working alone in my shop and producing a limited number of instruments per year, built to the player's specifications. Each piece of wood is chosen and worked on an individual basis based on the needs of the client. The tops and backs are then fine tuned through a careful process of sanding and scraping to a stiffness. Then, carving the braces to achieve the "voice" that I and the client are after. I expect my guitars to outlive me by many years and so much consideration is taken to produce responsive, consistently great sounding guitars that will stand the test of time. In my guitars you'll find some important features that I feel very strongly contribute to great sound and longevity, for example- laminated sides. Typical acoustic guitar sides are a single piece of bent wood that is anywhere from 3/32" thick down to 1/16" on some. That's thin, and thin wood is unstable and prone to cracking from dryness and impact. The typical way to remedy this is to glue sticks across the grain of the sides every so often to keep the sides from splitting. It may stop the split from traveling the length of the side, but it does little to prevent a crack from happening. Noone should be careless with their guitar, but accidents happen. Double side construction is an excellent way to produce an incredibly rigid and crack resistant rim. It takes 4 pieces of wood to create a guitar rim this way. Two pieces of wood are bent, then placed into a laminating mold with epoxy to form one side. It's an added step with added cost, but is something that I believe adds to the durability and tone. I look forward working with you to create a one-of-a-kind instrument that meets your needs and desires. Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone with any thoughts or questions.
I began building handmade custom acoustic guitars in 2006. What started out as a fun project and birthday gift to build my own guitar almost immediately became my passion. I have been playing guitar since I was about 9 years old and it’s always been an important part of my life. I built my first three guitars under the guidance of Virgil Shouse, my wife’s grandfather. I’m so grateful to have been given that opportunity. Once the first three were completed, I decided to begin setting up my own shop at my home. I read every lutherie book and article I could find and scoured the internet for clues. After a few more, I decided to attend the Galloup School for their Technician Course to learn how to make my creations play properly. A few years later, at the Montreal Guitar Show, a friend recommended a book set by a man named Ervin Somogyi. I had no idea who he was at the time, but I read them cover to cover multiple times. My guitars were really starting to turn a corner at this point. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend 10 days in Oakland, CA with Ervin himself, along with a few other luthiers, to study voicing the guitar. I’ve been at it for 10 years now and my journey is just beginning. With each guitar new mysteries are uncovered and I’m genuinely excited to continue to grow in this craft. My aim is to build guitars that inspire. Guitars that are rich in tonal complexities and reflect my own individuality as a luthier. It is my desire to work with you to create the guitar that inspires you as an artist.
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