I’m at my happiest amongst timber; ask my wife or my kids. I have been known to mix up piles of wood just so that I can sort it out again. Lots of wood comes through my workshop, I reject a lot of it and sell on a lot more. I keep the very best pieces and I have some beautiful materials. Some of the timber I use has been here more than thirty years. I know some makers that take an order for a guitar before they buy the timber, because they haven’t learnt the harsh lessons that come from experience. I use that experience when I’m choosing the wood for a project, particularly for a custom order or one of my "Personal Selection" instruments. For those I choose each piece of timber and decoration to try and achieve something special, so everything matches in a unique instrument that cannot easily be repeated. I'm easily bored and it keeps me interested.