Located: Toronto, CANADA
I have been playing guitar since I was 13 and still haven't been able to put it down!
With a background in Fine Arts both in Europe and Canada I have had the good fortune to play, write and record with some very gifted artists and musicians along the way.
Since the beginning I always had a problem finding someone I trusted to work on my instruments. A problem most players understand! Through a strange job opportunity that involved painting the internal organs of a 60 foot long fiberglass cow, I met Rufus Stewart, an instrument maker/repairman who is well loved across Canada. He was the first truly gifted instrument artisan that I met and he set me off on a course (winding this way and that) which has led me to where I am today. An experienced luthier building master quality instruments and restoring vintage gems.
His attention to detail, his humour, heart and soul are all reflected in his guitars. Tony's work inspires me and whoever is lucky enough to get one, will be very very happy.
Linda Manzer 2008
[Tony] is creative enough to constantly move forward, fearless enough to implement his innovations, and talented enough to make it all work. He has an artist's eye, a woodworkers hands, and a musician's ears.