...started as a professional woodworker/cabinetmaker with a passion for the violin. He apprenticed at The Violin Shop of Santa Fe in 2001, which eventually led to enrollment at the North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA) in 2003. While a student he interned at Reuning and Son Violins, and graduated with a diploma in Violin Making and Repair from the North Bennet Street School in 2006. He has worked for violinmaker David Gusset, and violinmaker and restorer Andrew Carruthers. He is now making instruments from his home-based workshop, and employed as Head Luthier at Schmitt Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Awards include Certificate of Merit for Violin Tone (VSA 2006), and First Prize for Workmanship and Playability (Art of Sound Competition 2012). Instruments can be found at fine violin shops around the country, as well as directly from the workshop. Photograph by Laura Domela, Portland OR.