BORN: Winnipeg, Manitoba – apparently a very long time ago! LOL
CAREER: Retired land surveyor
LUTHERIE: Began building guitars in 1985
Member of Guild of American Luthiers since 1986
I have been a woodworker since junior high school. It has been a serious hobby all my life. I have designed and built custom furniture for individuals and also sanctuary furniture for many Catholic churches, including the complete design of sanctuaries and the liturgical furnishings for several church renovations.
I have been a classical guitar fan since high school – am self taught at guitar building, using mostly the Irving Sloane book. I build using the “Spanish Heel” technique.
It is a rewarding craft. The best thing about guitar building is making friends with all these good musicians and getting a free concert every time a guitarist comes over to check an instrument.
Dianne and I have been married since 1972. I am a very lucky man.”
- Extracted from Len’s website
My first offering from Len was a touch surprising, as the guitar is very good, well crafted, with elegant appointments. The guitar has an excellent voice, softly created, with gutty power and lyrical nature.