Founder & Instructor
In the early seventies I studied kitchen-sink guerrilla style instrument repair from a couple of border hopping American boys. The first day they had me open up a thrift shop violin with a steam kettle and a hunting knife. That was the prelude to patching a crack and doing a glorious orange varnish refinish. An Espagne steel string got similar treatment. Their technique was rough, but effective.
I took the next three decades off to study & work in film, and to raise a family.
Around 2004 I picked up tools again. My electric guitars, built in a single-car garage shop, have sold to guitar teachers and TV stars. Although those American lads taught me well, I have more recently studied instrument building at OCAD and with some of the finest builders in Toronto, Chicago and Portland. I also learned hand tool techniques in Spain.
This love of hands-on building and hands –on learning transformed into a dream of creating a learning space.
In 2013, a dream came true when I moved to an 800 square ft. industrial loft on Geary Avenue and established Geary Guitarworks..
2021: I am taking a break and using this time to imagine the best possible future for Geary Guitarworks.