I began my journey to violin-making as a young child after watching a PBS documentary on Cremonese Lutherie.

Immediately, I knew that was what I wanted to do, and asked my Mom if I could play the Violin. We signed up, and thankfully, the school orchestra was in need of cellists. I began my Cello studies in the 4th grade under Phyllis Long of the Memphis Symphony. I continued throughout High school; participating as a member of the Memphis Youth Symphony, which influenced my decision to study Music at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. I studied Cello performance under Dr. James Stroud {or Jimbo, as we called him} who was a dear friend and mentor.
While in college, I worked with Richard Fowkes & Company, building and installing beautiful hand-crafted pipe organs. That work and craftsmanship reinforced my early desire for making instruments, and I left in 2000 for the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah.
While in Salt Lake, I was blessed to learn & work with amazing makers and craftsman, dividing my time between my two loves: building instruments and backcountry skiing. I spent several years working with Scoggins & Scoggins Violins, as well as with Ryan Soltis, assisting in his making. In 2007, I accepted the opportunity to work with Stephanie Voss at Voss Violins in Atlanta, focusing my work on new making of Violas, Violins & Cellos, as well as building high quality workshop instruments.
My wife and I left Atlanta in early 2014 to build our lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Northwest Oregon. I work from my home studio in McMinnville, Oregon and focus solely on making of Violins, Violas and Cellos. It has been an incredible journey from that day to this and I am grateful to all who have walked with me down this road.


Richards Fowkes & Co

1996 – 2000

Ooltewah, TN

Ryan Soltis

2000 – 2007

Scoggins & Scoggins Violins

2000 – 2007

Salt Lake City, UT

Voss Violins

2007 – 2014

Atlanta, GA

Let’s make music together.