My journey into instrument making started when I purchased a vintage Martin D-28 from a local music store, and found they had sold me an instrument they knew would need thousands of dollars worth of repair. That didn't sit right with me, and I had no other local alternatives in Northern Ontario for instrument repair. From the beginning, my motivation was to offer reasonable and honest lutherie services in Northern Ontario. I also was hugely into Guy Clark, and he shed some light on the whole craft of instrument making. In 2010, I studied under Mike Jarvis and his crew, leaving that year long apprenticeship to start up shop on Manitoulin Island.
Since 2012, I've been building a variety of stringed instruments in my small Kagawong, Ontario workshop. I make every instrument by hand, on my own. All instruments are one of a kind, made in small batches, with overall styles changing from year to year. I offer a variety of custom options, and never seem to be short of new personal challenges and finding inspiration when it comes to making instruments.
Sustainability is integral to my decision making, and using local or reclaimed materials will always play an important role in that practice. My aspiration with every instrument is to make an heirloom that nods to the forthcoming, necessary changes to help continue making music, from one generation to the next. Some of these materials are close to one hundred years old, which makes them excellent candidates for musical instruments.Maranger instruments is a family business - Meg, Poppy, Dolly, Willie, and I are all grateful for your support throughout the years, allowing us to keep living the dream. From now on, a portion of every instrument sale will be donated to a Canadian non-for-profit of our choice. We believe in building and supporting strong communities, and I am making this my commitment for every instrument sold.
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