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I have often been asked how I became a Mandolin Builder......

We retired to West Country of the UK with the intention of going walking and playing golf.
We had failed to realise that the beautiful County of Devon is green for a reason - it rains a lot.
Faced with the prospect of filling the wet days by doing jobs I thought that I needed to find something else to do.
I have a background in teaching craftwork and became a proficient boatbuilder while working in Outdoor Education, so I figured that I could apply this knowledge to someting new.
I flirted with the idea on building a violin but soon realised that it left little scope for individual design.
We are, after all, talking about the man who had a house full of different chairs because he didn't like making the same thing twice.
So why the Mandolin.............. to be continued.