Being a Classical Guitarmaker / Lutherie …

Lutherie is a dream vocation for me. It encompasses so many areas of expertise: acoustics, architecture, woodworking, business and more. It continually challenges one to wear many "hats", perhaps with mastery of a few as the prize. It's very difficult to ever be bored, lost in the pursuit of the perfect instrument that keeps revealing itself to your soul as both a sweet sound and a beautiful image.

My first love, playing! Family reunion Mallorca, Spain 2000 (1962 spruce "MT" Ramirez)

Taking these few pieces of plants that once were alive, and somehow putting them together into something living again is an amazing experience. The result is music, and it's been the main spiritual force throughout my life. To be able to put this energy, in my small way, back into the world is the greatest mission I can think of …