It all started when...
I grew up in the Netherlands. At the age of 31, my family and I emigrated to New Zealand in 1984. We started a horticulture business, growing tomatoes and cucumbers for the local market and berry fruit for export to America.
I love music and played the clarinet and saxophone in a church band, in the mean time we toured around with our camper in the spare time we had between the crops and discovered New Zealand.
We designed and built our own house.
In 2002 we moved back to Holland to plant a church and via one of the church members I came into contact with guitar building, which I straight away fell in love with.
I always liked to work with my hands and had a love for music, this combined with the lovely timbers there are in New Zealand, I decided to specialize in guitars made from NZ woods.
For a sample of available timbers have a look at http://www.rarefind.co.nz/instrument-woods/
While I mainly use New Zealand timbers, like Kauri, Ancient Kauri, Taraire, Black Maire, Puriri, Puketea, Rewarewa and a few others, I also build also with traditional timbers like Rosewood, Koa, Maple, and all the Spruces, but my heart goes out to all those native woods.
My supply of Ancient Kauri comes from the producer itself, have a look at http://www.ancientkauri.co.nz/index.php/zealand_ancient_swamp_kauri_wood