I grew up on a farm in Oregon.  Being a farm boy and a rock-star-wannabe all my life, I’ve always been handy with tools and I’ve always loved music.  About 10 years ago, these two loves collided in guitar making.

I am self taught in guitar making.  I couldn’t have done it without world renowned luthier William Cumpiano and his superb manual of the craft.  I was fortunate enough to study with William in his Massachusetts shop in the Autumn of 2006.  It is an experience I shall treasure always.

Armed with Master Cumpiano’s tome and a good head of of steam, I was, over the course of several years, able to become competent in this daunting field.  As William always says, however, you are NEVER too experienced to learn or be humbled and this craft has a way of humbling me on a regular basis.  Many a tree has given its all for the benefit of my education.

Prior to guitars, I spent 25 years in the agricultural commodities trade.  Now I’m fully committed to my craft (along with some driving for Lyft!).

I and my family proudly call the Pacific Northwest home.  It is the best place in the world to live.


About Me

Name:    Mike Conklin

Sign:    Sagittarius

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

Beatles or Elvis?:  Beatles

Wife:    Marlee.  Get it?  The joke is:  ” Boy, is your second wife going to be mad”  She’s a saint and my best friend.

Children: Michael, Zack & Joey

Favorite Books: “Grapes of Wrath”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “The Good Earth”, books by Cormac McCarthy and David Sedaris, “Travels with Charlie”, “Ender’s Game”, “Roots”, any pre-1980 Stephen King, John Grisham other various pop-fiction trash. (Note to authors:  I mean “trash” in the most affectionate way)

Favorite Musicians:  Richard Thompson, The Byrds/Gram Parsons, Blue Rodeo, Dave Mathhews, Eric Clapton, Decemberists, Neil Young, Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, I could go on and on...

Stevie Ray, Elmore James, Green Day, Ben Folds, pre-1980 Elton John, Los Lobos, Queen, Brian Wilson and of course, The Beatles. (this list subject to change)

Favorite Movies:  Pulp Fiction, Raising Arizona, This is Spinal Tap, Fargo, Seven Samurai, Kill Bill I & II, Original Star Wars Trilogy, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Matrix, pre-1980 Woody Allen

Favorite Foods:  Marlee’s Chili Chicken,  Pizza,  Oxtail Soup, any kine roast & Barbeque

Favorite Places:  At home with my family, Oregon Coast and Hawaii.