THE DELM ORIGINS
Resourcefulness is what my father taught me throughout his life. Almost every tool he used in every day life was made with his hands. Those hands had done a lot of work.
By the age of nine, my curiosity for how things work and for creating was already a big part of my life. Valve radios and televisions, electricity, drawing, plasticine, wood, science and chemistry were like a magnet to me as I was growing up.
A typical day for me was to find old radios and televisions and trying to fix them, making simple electrical circuits, making toys from wood, drawing, moulding figures from plasticine and experimenting with chemistry. As the years went by, my love for making things grew and grew. During my high school years I learnt to play the guitar, studied art, science, metal-craft and woodwork and had made amplifiers, radios, a motorised mini-bike, jewellery, portrait sketches, paintings and restored vintage radios that I gave away to my friends.
By the time I was at an age to work for a living, my interest in guitars, hands-on crafts and artwork was still a major aspect in my day-to-day life. I played guitar in a band for a few years with my homemade 100W amp, which helped pay the bills until I took up electronics engineering studies at a mature age. This prepared me for a long career in a specialised electronics environment filled with creative people and for me it was like a dream come true and yet my desire to create was still not satisfied.
I took on making replica models of old ships in my spare time, all built from plans and were hand made from exotic timbers. I also made occasional furniture but I never imagined that years later I would find the ultimate satisfaction of combining all my experiences and craft into one: design, art, woodwork, jewellery, electronics and the guitar. If it hadn’t been for my eldest daughter buying a book on making guitars for a birthday gift years ago, my youngest daughter enrolling me in the Guild of American Luthiers and the continuing support of my wife, I would never have discovered the immense passion and satisfaction that creating musical instruments would bring into my life.