I conceive playing and building lutes as facets of a combined discipline, insights and understanding of each inspiring the other. This perspective is not only inspirational, but it also produces practical results. In my approach to instrument building, an instrument begins as an idea of a particular sound that is molded by the type of instrument, the intended repertoire, my hands-on experience, my personal taste and that of the customer. I search for that special sound quality in the choice of wood and in the wood's resonance as I carve, cut and shape it until that ideal sound translates into reality.
I feel immensely fortunate to be able to work with two of the things I love most in life; playing music and lute making. Building a historical instrument from a few planks of rough sawn wood is in itself a very satisfying experience that peaks the moment I put strings on it and I play the music of the great old lute and vihuela masters that has been an integral part of my life for the last 30 years.