Michael began his career in woodworking as a furniture maker about twenty-five years ago. His deep love of music and desire to refine his hand skills led him to seek out training in violin making. He entered into a formal apprenticeship with Francis Morris after spending a summer as a student at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute. Michael has also had the opportunity to study with Paul Wiessmeyer, a Boston based violin maker and teacher at UNH, and Hans Nebel, of the world-renowned Wurlitzer shop in New York City.
Michael is currently the shop foreman for Francis Morris Violins in Great Barrington, Mass. He has also assisted Francis Morris since 2012 in his Basic Violin Set-Up course.
Most recently, Michael was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Ton for a violin by the Violin Society of America at the 2018 international violin making competition.