On May 1st, I celebrated seven years of self employment. I'm extremely thankful that I have a very patient wife and supportive family. I'm also grateful to the many customers I've had over that time. I really couldn't have done it without you all. I sincerely appreciate your support.
When I started this venture, many friends thought it was a little crazy to quit a fairly good job as a carpenter and project manager for a general contractor to build guitars in my garage and sell them online. People who knew about guitars thought I was crazy to focus on ladder braced instruments, and many luthiers thought I was crazy to French polish them and to use domestic woods and hide glue. Well, maybe they were all right, but I've had a great time along the way and not a single regret.
I've learned a tremendous amount in the past seven years, met many great people and built some fantastic instruments. I hope that the blessings continue for a long time into the future as there is much more I'd like to accomplish.