Faller Strings

It was during my undergraduate studies at Luther College that I first realized that I wanted to pursue making musical instruments.  Still unsure how exactly to go about doing this I continued with my degree in music and intent on becoming a High School Choir teacher.  Soon after building my first guitar my mind was made up and I began researching how and where people learned how to do this.  

 After finishing my degree, and a few not so easy attempts to teach myself, I decided that it would be much easier to find a school that had a specialized program where I could begin to learn the necessary skills to make high quality musical instruments.  Eventually I discovered West Dean College and decided that this would be the best place for me to learn.  The pastoral view may have had a bit of influence on my decision, but in the end they provided each student with their own bench and almost unrestricted access to the workshop.  Under the tutelage of Roger Rose and Shem Mackey I began to learn all the intricacies of making musical instruments and deciphering the clues left behind on historical instruments.

    Maybe it's partly a rebellion against musical instruments being viewed as a "factory" commodity rather than a skilled craft undertaken by individuals who dedicate years learning, and constantly improving their abilities.  How often do we celebrate the skill of the musician and not the maker of the instrument or bow?  I aim to produce hand crafted musical instruments that help compliment the abilities of the player.  As a musician I know how much the right instrument can inspire the music.  When you have an instrument that sounds good, it's almost hard to put down because you just want to keep seeing what it can do.  All of this comes at a price, but if music is important to who you are or what you do, it's well worth it.