I have the great fortune to work with two of the things I love most in life: making music and building lutes. Building a period instrument from a few boards of rough-sawn wood is a very satisfying experience in itself, culminating the moment I string it, and play the music of the great old lute and vihuela masters, which has been an integral part of my life for the last 30 years.
I conceive playing and building lutes as facets of a combined discipline, with the insights and understanding of one influencing the other. This approach is not only inspiring, but also leads to practical results. In my concept of early plucked instrument building, an instrument begins first and foremost as the idea of a particular sound, shaped by the type of instrument, the intended repertoire, my practical experience, and my personal taste and that of the client. I search for that particular sound quality in the carefully selected wood and its resonance as I carve, cut, saw and shape it until that ideal sound becomes a reality.