I started out hanging around the Laramie Banjo Shop, in Wyoming, in the 1970's and built a banjo with the help of the proprietor/luthier, Jeff Kimble.
I gave up playing guitar and banjo to work in the motion picture industry, until I sent an S. L. Mossman guitar, in need of repair, to Scott Baxendale at the Colfax Guitar Shop [sold in 2010]. Scott had worked at the original Mossman factory in Winfield, Kansas, before taking over the guitar brand entirely in the 1980's.
While shooting this build, over three months at the Colfax shop, Scott took time to instruct me in the "conversion" process of classic Harmony and Kay guitars, along with general luthier skills.
I was so infatuated with this re-awakened passion for luthiery, that I committed myself to the endeavor full time. I opened my small shop, Creek Road Guitars, in the Spring of 2010, specializing in the "resurrection" of long ignored guitars that were once seen as "cheap and hard to play". Ironically, these underappreciated instruments are made from quality "old growth" American woods while, some models have fretboards and bridges of Brazilian rosewood, a material in such short supply that it can no longer be imported.
The "resurrection" of one of these guitars involves the removal of the original "ladder bracing", a replacement with much stronger and tone responsive "X bracing" removal and resetting of the neck, planing of the fretboard, and refretting for easy playbility.
A rewarding career, indeed, and my business keeps growing. CRG provides quality repairs and setups on customer drop-ins and shipped to CRG.