Edward Victor Dick has been a professional luthier since 1975. To date he has been responsible for over 37,000 string instrument repairs. He has also built over 400 instruments, many of them custom. He is well versed in all aspects of repair and is particularly skilled in neck resets, refrets, and restoration work. He is the inventor of the banjola and the director of The Colorado School of Lutherie.
Tom Hunter-Crump began his career as a Civil Engineer but has been drawn to woodworking since college days in Springfield Missouri when he worked in a furniture building business. In 1998 he developed his own furniture business, Natural Edge Furniture, and eventually partnered with Dave Gesler to create a joint furniture business, C&G Woodworks. Tom and Dave specialized in Arts and Crafts furniture, from the American Mission style to styles with Japanese and European influences. Tom changed his career path to luthiery in 2006 as a member of one of Edward Dick’s guitar building classes. In January 2010 he began an apprenticeship with Edward in his repair shop. He continues to enjoy the repair side of luthiery, and also builds tenor guitars, guitars and ukuleles. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, playing bluegrass music with his band Briar Branch, and spending time with his wife of 22 years and their three children.
“Tom’s background as an engineer and as a self-employed furniture maker provides him with an excellent foundation in problem solving. He has a very creative way of approaching instrument repair and I consider him to be an excellent craftsman.” -evd