Michael and his first guitar, age 6.

Michael and his first guitar, age 6.

If you head into Uptown Port Townsend and then down the stairs under a small red cottage, you’ll find Michael hard at work doing his favorite thing: building instruments and geeking out with tools.

He brings decades of experience in historic home restoration to his work with wood, and a longtime interest in loudspeaker building to the subtleties of acoustics and the resonant qualities of instruments.

 In 2010, he started building his first guitar – on our dining room table! It took quite a bit longer to build that first one than it does now, of course … A week-long course on top bracing in Oakland, CA with Ervin Somogyi kicked this instrument thing into high gear. And now that his last big building project, his daughter’s house in Ballard, is complete, it’s his joy to head downstairs into the shop every day to build beautifully resonant instruments for players.

We would like each person who comes to the instrument to choose the piece that they respond to. For this reason we rarely build on commission;  instead as instruments become available, we prefer to post them here on the website and offer them to members of our e-mail list on a first-come, first-right-of-refusal basis (see the Contacts page for how to be added to our e-mail list.)