After being born and raised in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, CA, I finally figured out that doing stuff was better than not...and doing it well was doubly so. I simultaneously discovered piano WORK and bicycle PLAY and have been a changed man ever since.
In 2007 I graduated from the two year piano technology program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA and went straight to work for Foy Piano Restorations, Inc. (Greensboro, NC), as a piano rebuilder specializing in piano actions. Over the next few years Foy Piano evolved into Mosaic Piano Service, and my responsibilities evolved as well. Not only was I rebuilding and redesigning actions, but I was also building soundboards, scaling string systems, designing jigs, and managing the shop.
I worked very closely at Mosaic with John Johanson (above) to truly dial in our shop space, standards of work, and rebuilding processes to bring customers the best pianos possible, creating a "theoretic ideal" for instruments and striving to create that ideal time after time. After two years at Mosaic the time came for me to hand over the reins and responsibilities to John Johanson, the owner, and move on to the next set of challenges.
I spent the next four years in the San Francisco Bay Area, servicing pianos in a variety of settings - dealerships, homes, schools, churches, events & weddings, concert venues, & world class recording studios. I also worked to build my rebuilding shop and continue to grow as a piano rebuilder. I continued to work to increase my knowledge base and skill sets by pursuing continued education in the world of manual and CNC machining and metallurgy (an education that is not yet complete).
I am happy to say that as of September 2016 I relocated yet again and have been added to the faculty at the North Bennet Street School in the Piano Technology program. I am now working full time as an instructor with both the first year (Basic Piano Technology, PT) and second year (Advanced Piano Technology, PA) departments, and am servicing pianos privately here in the Boston, MA area.