I started being serious about music in my teens after several forays into piano and clarinet. This was with the Highland bagpipe. I played for a number of years and became Pipe Major of the Scottish Society of Windsor Pipe Band. We won numerous prizes, including Canadian Championship, US Championship, Interprovincial, North American Championship and Champion Supreme. Concertina playing began to interest me around 1978. I began to repair vintage concertinas in the 80's, and did so until retirement from teaching elementary school. I have also qualified and played in the All-Ireland senior concertina competitions three times. Harold Herrington, of Dallas, a good friend and concertina maker suggested I start making concertinas and helped me get started. As of January 2015 I have made around 450 concertinas and shipped them to customers around the world.