I’ve been building guitars for more than 30 years now. It started as a challenge, then became a hobby and has been now a profession for me for more than twenty years.
During that time, I had the chance to meet and learn from the late Rolf Spuler, who at that time developed his famous instruments.
A few years later François Corbellari, who as well passed away much too soon, let me build a classical guitar in his shop.
It was then when I decided to build guitars as a profession. To get the training needed, I spent the next two years building several acoustic and electric guitars in a small shop. Because I owned few tools and no stationary power tools back then, most of what I did, I made by hand.
I felt I needed more insight into guitars building and so I worked from August 1998 to December 1999 for Larrivee Guitars in Vancouver, Canada. A couple of months before I started they had expanded and moved into much bigger facilities so they needed more staff. I worked in a lot of different departments, mainly in buffing and finish sanding.
With the turn of the millenium I felt it was time to start my own business. In Winterthur Seen I opened my first shop. It was in a building where a lot of small businesses were located. During coffee breaks I learned a lot from the cabinet makers and carpenters who also let me use their machines and tools. Soon, I had the first repair jobs which still are my main business.
In 2006 my wife and me bought a house and in the following year I moved into the basement of the annex we had built. I feel grateful to have 35 square meters, central heating and daylight to work in, which I sometimes had to do without in other places I worked. It’s a wonderful place which is ideal to build and work on fine instruments.
Sustainability is something that is very important in my work: I use local woods whenever possible, if not I make sure they come from renewable ressources.