The CBG building course I recently completed with you and Katie was an experience of minor magic. Being able to use my hands to make a musical instrument that works was such a pleasure that I have no choice but to continue doing it. Your instruction struck the perfect balance between providing necessary direction for the fundamentals and encouraging each novice builder’s creativity from the start. Your hands-on demonstrations and guidance on woodworking techniques gently drove away any anxieties an utter beginner such as I might have had. This was no “cookie-cutter” course, either. The CBGs that were made in my class were each stylistically unique.