I made my first guitar at the age of 19 in 1993 under the supervision of David Wooldridge, who was also my first guitar teacher.
As a teenager I was lucky enough to attend the Prussia Cove Guitar seminars in Penzance, Cornwall. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear some world renowned musicians and performers including: Jonathan Leathwood, Hubert Käppel, Benjamin Verdery, Gerald Garcia and Gilbert Bibarian. It was not only the players that inspired me but the beautiful concert guitars that they played.
I trained as a fine artist, completing a BA in fine art and later an MA in contemporary visual arts. Throughout my twenties and early thirties I worked as an artist and teacher. During this time I continued to play classical guitar.
In 2008 I was fortunate enough to be in a position to buy a new guitar; the kind of concert guitar I had always dreamed of owning. After much searching I chose a Kevin Aram. I went to visit Kevin and selected some beautiful wood and in doing so I fell in love once again with the tools, the smells and the possibility of guitar making. The idea was seeded that it may in fact be possible for me to make guitars professionally. As I waited for my guitar I obsessively researched guitar making and on returning to pick it up a year later I asked Kevin if he would be prepared to mentor me as a maker and to my delight he was. He has been extremely generous with the information and advice that he has given me and has been able to answer every question that I have put to him with great detail and knowledge. I have also been fortunate enough to have his guitar as a constant source of inspiration.
I set up my current workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall in 2009 and my instruments have steadily improved since then. By applying my skill and creativity as an artist and consistently focusing on a traditional design I have been able to produce some beautiful instruments.
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© Miles Henderson Smith 2019