I began making acoustic guitars with my dad, the very talented musician and luthier Wayne Henderson, as a means to pay off my law school loans and ended up loving the work so much that I decided to put a pin in my endeavors to pursue a career in environmental law. For the past few years, I have set out to learn all I can from my dad in order to preserve and carry on his incredible trade while putting my own spin on his traditional aesthetics and methods.
I am hoping to chisel a space for myself within the luthier community by working to meld tradition with environmentally friendly practices. Most of my instruments are made from local wood that I find within a small radius from my home in the Appalachian mountains or from materials located farther away but that are thoughtfully and sustainably harvested. Using these methods and my dad's building techniques I am hoping to change the idea that only exotic endangered wood can make a beautiful, great sounding instrument.
I currently split my time working in my dad’s shop in Rugby, VA and at my home in Asheville, NC.