We met Rick on a chilly winter day in January of this year while visiting Amy’s folks in Montana, and instantly we were completely captivated. For twenty years he’s been fashioning guitars from planks of wood he’s sourced locally & beyond (places further from home, like British Columbia & Alaska). His cottage-style shop in the town of Paradise, Montana is humbly unassuming and the moment you step inside you are welcomed by the warmth of well-worn tools and Rick himself who exudes an infectious love for the instruments he creates. From start to finish his care for the materials he uses, and the patient shaping of every detail of each guitar is telling of his love for wood, and for the guitars that wood becomes. A true craftsman, through and through, we are so grateful we had the chance to spend a few afternoons with him in his element, to hear of the story of how a guitar is made with hands, and to hear him sing hymns (and sip tea) in his living room.
The process of building guitars is not beyond anyone who is handy. It is a matter of patience, lots of steps, being extremely careful, and always improving.
The best part of working with my hands is the satisfaction of seeing each guitar part reach completion and then being able to play and listen to the finished product.