About six years ago, my father and I decided we would start building mandolins. My father was a master steamfitter, and did high precision work in nuclear plants. I was obsessed with mandonlins. Together we made a great team. After a lot of R and D we figured out some building techniques that are unique to our shop. As a teacher, my shop schedule is limited to summer vacations, however we have managed to finish six mandolins. We are very proud of them, I haven't played another that I would rather own, and I have played a lot of mandolins!