in 1954 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Kim was always fascinated by the guitar and learnt to play for a short
time while he attended TSS (The Southport School) as a youngster.
Kim originally learnt cabinet and furniture making as a trade, which gave
him an introduction into woodworking and the properties different timbers.
In 1990, when his son Dane started to play guitar, Kimís interest in
guitars was rekindled.
several years he collected and played high-end guitars. Having the opportunity to own a Reyes Flamenco, Kim became
very interested in Spanish classical and flamenco instruments.
During this time he was able to occasionally repair or refinish
instruments, which allowed him to become fluent in the construction and tonal
properties of a broad range of different guitars.
The natural progression of this curiosity with guitars was to finally
construct one instrument. This happened in 1992 and Kim has been making guitars ever
since. He has passed on these
skills to his two sons Dane and Sean who are also fulltime luthiers.
his first visit to Guitar Salon International in the USA in 1999 with his sons,
Kim had the opportunity to play and study a broad range of concert classical
guitars. He was most impressed in a
Miguel Rodriguez church door instrument, Kim uses this Rodriguez style to model
his own instruments. Kim now lives
at Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland where the family workshop is
located and still works on constructing guitars while advising his two sons in
1979 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Dane started to play the guitar when he was 11 years old.
As Dane was a promising guitar student, his father Kim took up the
restoration and repair of guitars and owned many fine classical guitars, which
Dane could play. Kim built his
first guitar in 1992 and has since taught lutherie to both Dane and his brother
always kept lutherie a hobby having obtained a Bachelor of Engineering and
working as a civil engineer for three years.
Being a professional engineer was not as rewarding a job as Dane could
hope for, so he took up lutherie again as full time job.
Dane builds his classical guitars in the Torres style having acquired a
deep appreciation of the work of Antonio de Torres. The most rewarding guitars Dane has built were two Tarrega
Torres guitars, built in the style of the famous 1864 Antonio de Torres guitar,
which became Francisco Tarregaís first instrument.
These two guitars were both beautiful to behold, with much ornamentation,
while still carrying a rich tone and full volume.
and Seanís great, great grandfather Arthur Collingwood was a well-respected
cabinetmaker and artist who worked on many landmark buildings in London, England
including West Minster Cathedral. He also and authored a book on wood carving
before immigrating to Australia at the start of last century. Dane and Sean have
inherited their great, great grandfatherís cabinet making tools which they use
day to day to craft their instruments.
Born 1981 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. At age 11 Sean learnt to make guitars from his father Kim. Sean managed to fit building guitars in with his education and gained a bachelors degree in Product Design. Sean won the Nescafe Big Break in 1997 for guitar making which included prize money of $20,000 which he used towards advancing his guitar making craft.
visited GSI (Guitar Salon International) for the first time in 1999 with his
father and brother Dane. At this
time Sean had the opportunity to play many fine concert classical guitars and
was most impressed with a Brazilian rosewood and German spruce Hauser II
instrument. Sean used the guitars
of Hauser I &II to model his own instruments on.
Sean now sells his instruments in the USA through GSI and in Japan
through Aura Classical Guitars.
and his brother Dane recently travelled to Japan the USA and Europe and while
abroad have played and studied instruments from nearly every master
classical guitar maker. Although
Sean builds his guitars in the style of Hauser I and II he still has a great
appreciation of luthiers such as Antonio de Torres and Miguel Rodriguez.
Sean has also learned the Spanish method of guitar building from two of the
world's greatest Luthiers, Jose and Liam Romanillos while attending the
Romanillos Guitar Workshop in Siguenza Spain, 2007.
Sean has also learned the Spanish method of guitar building from two of the world's greatest Luthiers, Jose and Liam Romanillos while attending the Romanillos Guitar Workshop in Siguenza Spain, 2007.
and Daneís ancestors, the Doherty family were prominent timber cutters and
timber boat builders in Tasmania in the 19th century. They were among
the original cutters of Huon Pine, which is a prized timber for fine cabinet and
furniture making and boat building.
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