I have always been interested in wood and I discovered its secrets and characteristics by studying cabinet making at the Ecole Boulle in Paris and gaining a Professional Baccalaureate.
After specializing in the restoration of antique furniture I then ventured into the making of string instruments. As a musician and guitarist I was automatically attracted to the guitar hence the beginning of my studies at the Newark School of Guitar Making in the UK.
I made my first guitar under the advice and support from guitar makers and tutors, Roy Courtnall, James Lister and Adrian Lucas. In 2009 I was awarded the Hiscox Prize for Progress and Creativity.
I decided to open my workshop at Croix near Lille in the North of France. I practice modern guitar making but without ever straying from the traditional craft and skills. I am continually searching to improve the musician’s playing experience, exploring the essential asthetics and accoustic aspects of the instrument.
Whether it be for the setting-up or the making of a guitar, everything is made to measure in my workshop. Every player has his unique way of playing, every string attack is different and requires appropiate adjustments and set-up.
I undertake all the different stages of the guitar making, from the choice of the wood up to the final French polish.
I first use quality and classical types of woods such as Rosewood, Ebony, Mahogany and Cypres. For ecological reasons, local woods are prized for their accoustic and asthetic qualities such as Yew, Pearwood, Ash, Walnut and Cherry all of which are used in the making of my fine instruments.