Born and raised in Sonoma California I attended UC Santa Cruz, studying Anthropology and visual arts. An interest in american fiddle music and folk art led me to an apprenticeship at Vermont Violins, my experience in this shop led me to pursue violin making.
In 1998 I enrolled at North Bennet Street School of Boston where I studied violin making under Kevin Kelly, graduating from the program in 2001. While in Boston, I had the opportunity to work with Arthur Toman learning instrument set up, tone-adjustment, repair and restoration. While working in Toman’s shop I had the good fortune to observe many fine instruments in the hands of their masters.
In 2006, I relocated my shop to Portland, Oregon. Over the years I have participated in the Oberlin Summer Violin Makers Workshop several times, and traveled abroad for exhibitions as well as participated in national lutherie events.