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 2009 I took up making guitars professionally and set up my current workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall. Initially I was lucky enough to be mentored by Kevin Aram, whose guitars and methods have been very influential on my own practice. By applying my skill and creativity as an artist and consistently focusing on traditional designs I have been able to produce some beautiful instruments.
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© Miles Henderson Smith 2022