Our shop is always humming with the sound of power tools and music. Life is good and we are busy working to get more guitars into the hands of talented players, while still closely maintaining our personalized, handcrafted quality. If you find yourself in Sisters, stop by to say hello, tour the shop, and play a guitar.
Gareth's woodworking skills started in crafting furniture and accessory lines that he sold in galleries and his skills were honed over many years. The first musical instruments he made were Appalachian dulcimers that he crafted for his friends and family. His deep love of music and his woodworking skills would eventually lead him to study guitar building at the Charles Fox School of Luthiery. He was then fortunate to be able to apprentice with his friend and mentor, the master builder John Greven, who taught him the art of voicing vintage style guitars.
Gareth met Preston in 2012 at the River City Music Festival where Preston was exhibiting a few of his guitars. They kept in touch and then Preston floated the idea of Gareth moving to Sisters and helping him take his one man operation to another level. Gareth has been here ever since filling many roles over the last 7 years. He is responsible for voicing all the guitars using his skills to hand graduate the tops, brace each guitar and then carving the braces to maximize the response and the sound.
His long time love of playing Bluegrass music and being one of the hosts for KBOO radio's "Music from the True Vine" also helps us hone in on the various players on the scene and in reaching out to people interested in these types of guitars.Here is a recent article from the Oregon Bluegrass Association about his radio show, his love of bluegrass and art of guitar making.
Kaleb Klein provides his expertise with jigs/fixtures on a weekly basis. Scott Salgado has provided training sharing his high-end binding techniques of 45 styles and beyond. Joel Chadd has set-up his own repair shop now and we will be using his services when needed. David Peto stops by once and awhile and we know he is there if we needed anything. Jamison Owens excelled in the set-up department and will continue to help with repairs moving into the future… while he pursues other avenues in the music industry and leather making. Jason Hardesty recently moved on but his touch with finish will forever be a part of what we do here thanks to Peter who worked closely with Jason for over four years.
These six crew members worked with Preston for years and their employment is cherished and always will be. We thank them for all their work and inspiration. Preston really put great trust and faith in this crew.
We have several small equity owners plus a couple larger shareholders that make up the private holdings of PK Thompson Guitars, LLC. The board is made up of Jamey Hampton, Christine Funk and Julie Thompson. Dan Stewart has retired recently after many years of dedication to the company.