The tops of my instruments are made from Englemann spruce. I get the blanks for my
tops from a friend and long-time associate in northern Montana. The logs are harvested
from the cold, northern slopes of the mountains where they grow slowly with tight,
dense grain. The blanks are carefully selected for both visual appeal and tonal
qualities. This careful selection insures the top blanks selected are carefully quarter-sawn
with no run-out of the grain lines. These carefully selected tops help create an
instrument which is visually appealing, strong, stable, and has excellent sound characteristics.