My name is Mark Kirby.
I was 15 when I started working
in Canterbury at the Maton factory.
I loved everything about it.
The smell of timber shavings;
A guy called Ron, who taught me everything I know,
Everything was carved by hand - real craftsmanship.
It felt like your Grandpa's shed;
You could smell the history.
But now, 25 years and
several Maton factories later,
I have moved on to designing
and crafting my own custom guitars.
To fulfill the ideal, of not just
using all Australian timbers,
but to create an Australian guitar company
that is the equal (and better) of any other in the world.
To me, a custom made guitar,
is not just made to order.
It is made by the guitar itself.
Like the perfect melody, whose notes ring
before they are heard,
every piece in it's predestined position
it's timbre resonates
with the perfect sound.
From the tree, to what lies beneath,
to the final instrument;
an organic process that seems
meant to be.
That is what I want to bring to life.
And once I met my wife Aleta.........
The rest as they say is history......
in the making!
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