I have been making guitars and other instruments since 1973, when I apprenticed to David A. Sturgill of Piney Creek, North Carolina. There I studied alongside Wayne C. Henderson, Kyle Creed, and Albert Hash, in an intensive experience that included full immersion in Appalachian Culture and Music.
After leaving Sturgill in 1977, i moved to Middle Tennessee, and opened my first shop, experimenting with design and use of domestic woods.
I worked for nearly two years for Ovation Instruments where I studied guitar physics with James A. Ricard, their Chief engineer and Seth Hedu a second generation Jazz guitar maker.
Returning to Tennessee, i finalized some designs, then moved to Winston Salem NC, where i continued to work in the Furniture Industry and make guitars until 2001 when i opened Wishbass.com to make Fretless Electric Basses for sale.
Wishbass has achieved a worldwide reputation for honest worth and great tone.
I also continue to make guitars, mandolins and basses for the working musician .