This is the first time I have ever decided to take part in a competition like this. I have a B.A. in studio arts with an emphasis in sculpture and painting. I love woodworking, music, playing bass, learning guitar, and building stuff for people. That said, I am not a full time artist. I’ve been working in the paint department at Ace Hardware West for the past 7 years. I don’t get paid much but I get to help people with their projects. I feel like all the experience and education I have gained so far is worth it when I can share what I’ve learned with someone else. This brings me to my current dreaming. I want to learn to build guitars so I can give them to people who would not otherwise have access to something nice. My first guitar was a kit gifted to me by a guy who collects really nice guitars. I couldn’t afford a guitar (especially a lefty) so one day he brought me a kit. He said “you have to put it together but it’s yours.”

I have been obsessed with building guitars ever since and I’m excited to get started. This competition is what I need to push me to the next level. Once I get good I can be the one giving away guitars!

I’ve already got plans for a scratch build but because I’m limited on tools and resources, I’m also going to do a kit build.

Bens videos have been inspirational and super appreciated. I hope to one day go take a course at Crimson.

I’ll have to learn to post to YouTube in a hurry. Thanks for putting this competition together, I’m super excited.