I always wanted to know how things worked.
These early stages of creativity helped me later on.
I was born in 1997. For as long as i can remember I was always taking things apart, looking how they worked. I used to spend hours and hours playing around with things. Learning and finding out how they worked. These early stages of creativity helped me later on. I have been playing guitar sinds i was 10 years old. So it seemed natural to start fiddeling with my guitar. It was new and it was exiciting.
When I was 16 i moved to Belgium to follow a 3 year study on Classical Guitar making.
In the course of those years I learned so much about the rich history of the True Spanish guitar. The combination of wood working and creating something was just a great way for me. In 2015 my class went to Spain and we met one of the 20th century greatest Spanish Guitar makers, José Romanillos. Even though i only had a short conversation with him, I felt inspired. He showed my class his workshop and showed some of his favorite tools and explained why and how they worked. He even took us to his house to show some of his personal guitars. And we went to visit the museum he founded in Siguenza, Spain. This was a great experience, which pushed me even more into the Traditional Spanish Guitar. I went in the Ramirez museum as well. It was there that I saw an original Antonio de Torres guitar.
In my Final year of the 3 year study I followed an Internship at Luthier Graham Emes
Graham Emes used to work for the Master Luthier Stephen Hill. In 2015 he started his own Workshop in Cornwall, St. Ives. I learned alot from him and with him. It was a wonderful period for me with allot of great moments. This was a great break from my Study. Even though i worked long days it was a great Eye opener, I got to see what living as a fulltime Luthier actually means. And he showed me the real world of Luthiery. I am still very greatful for all that he and his lovely wife Lauren showed me. The birthday cake wasn't bad either! After 3 weeks I got back with a Flamenco guitar in my hands. At home i finished that guitar.
In July 2016 i finished my 3 year study and got my Degree in Classical Guitar Making
In July of 2016 I moved to Germany to start my own workshop there. My parents had moved there while I was studying guitarmaking in Belgium. Part of my family originally is from Germany. So right now i am settled there in my Workshop where i spend my days perfecting and trying to improve my guitars and myself. Right now i could not imagine my life without the Guitar. Playing guitar, Looking at it, hearing it and feeling it. There is just something about it that excites me. And like in my very early days, that curiousity just kept me going and keeps you motivated also when times are though.
Willingness to make something always stayed, the end result just changed.
Its funny if you think about it that not a lot has changed since my Childhood in that department. I still want to make something, work with my hands and be creative. So that led me to where i am now. An Official Luthier.