At Zamar Instruments I am striving for more than an assembly line production style that allows me to mass

produce my pieces.  Certainly I will make every reasonable effort to produce my pieces in a timely and efficient manner, but my goal is perfection on an individual level.  James Krenov, perhaps one of the most iconic woodworkers of the past century once stated that a piece of furniture is like an extension of its maker, and that to the careful eye there should be fingerprints of the maker on it.  It is my goal to leave individual fingerprints on everything I make.  There should be a warmth, an individuality, a connection that happens when you rub a piece of wood or pluck a chord and realize that the instrument you are touching started out as a group of boards that I milled, bent, shaped, sanded and finally strung and played.  I was responsible for shaping the tonal qualities of your guitar with every stroke of a chisel and pass of a plane. I built it one piece at a time, adding, cutting, smoothing, feeling for rough spots with my hands and eye, imagining how it would feel in the hands of its owner.  I will try to produce quickly, consistently, and efficiently, but if I have lost the individuality of each piece then the question must be asked at what cost I have accomplished the production of a piece. If it is at the expense of the ability to recognize the individual beauty of each piece then I have failed indeed.  It is my hope that when you touch an instrument constructed by Zamar Instruments you will be able to identify the fingerprints. May you look at my pieces and recognize that what you are touching was not made by the millions but fashioned individually, that it is constructed with care because I believe that that is the best way to construct pieces that will last a lifetime.

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My Philosophy

Or rather, a part of it

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