I'm Dan Splinter, and when asked to describe myself, the best I've ever been able to come up with is, "A pleasant semi-bohemian with a good sense of humor." And in all honesty, I think that about sums up my personality.
I happily live in an old fixer-upper house in a small town in Southern Wisconsin with my wife Sarah, our dog Kiku and our cat Flutterby.
I went to art school and got a BFA in painting, with some post grad work in sculpture. I loved it, but discovered that while I had a good design sense, I really had nothing interesting to say in paint.
I studied music fairly seriously throughout my younger years, and played in several orchestras and bands, mainly on the cello. I gained a real love for all forms of music and a solid understanding of instruments. But I was never really comfortable performing.
I became interested in woodwork through the sculpture work I had done in college, and avidly pursued knowledge and instruction wherever I could find it. I have spent years learning about wood, tools and their use. But frankly, I've learned that I don't really want to build other people's kitchens.
The magic happened when I discovered I could combine all this. The love and appreciation of a good instrument. The artistic ability to design them. And the craftsmanship to build them.
I had finally found "what I want to be when I grow up." A builder of fine guitars.