My life has always been a battle between the musical and the mechanical.  Growing up I was always either taking things apart to fix or improve them, or playing any wind instrument within arm's reach.  In high school I was either in the auto shop or the band room.  I started my time at UBC studying mechanical engineering, taking courses in machining alongside physics and math, and finished it in the department of music, playing woodwinds in the orchestra and big bands.  You get the picture.  Of course it's not a big leap from this to an interest in instrument repair and acoustics.  So, while in university, I began studying the trade and working on my own instruments.  After years of practice and acquiring more (and more!) tools I slowly began to take on more formal jobs for my private students and colleagues and have been keeping myself busy with repair ever since.

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