Bob was born and raised in Warroad, Minnesota. After completing high school, he entered the military where he served as a combat medic in Viet Nam. At the end of his enlistment period, he enrolled at the Conservatory of Music in Mexico City to study violin making. While in Mexico, he also studied guitar making with master luthier Danial Valdes. After completing his studies in Mexico, Bob enrolled in the Violin Making School of America at Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed the three year training course there, studying under Paul Hart. After these studies, Bob opened his shop and studio where he has been making and repairing instruments since 1973. He met and married his wife, Pam, in 1996. Pam is also from northern Minnesota. She was raised on a farm outside of Roseau. Pam has been teaching music for 26 years, both privately and in the Roseau school system. She specializes in piano, voice, and college-bound theory. In addition, she and Bob teach private lessons at their studio in Warroad. They currently provide lessons in piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Their son, Zach, joined them in 1998. They enjoy making music together!  

Bob, Pam, And Zach near their home and shop on the Warroad River just outside of Warroad, Minnesota