This summer we had a wonderful talk with Canadian builder Dion James, whose guitars are noticeable for the strikingly minimalist design, where the focus is on the true essential and inherent beauty of the instrument.
Dion is a builder very much of his own making, with his original designs and use of uncommon bracing patterns. But it'll come as no surprise that like so many Canadian and European builders, he cut his teeth in Montreal, learning from and building alongside Michael Kennedy and Jeremy Clark before heading back west. In Alberta, he established his own shop and founded a cooperative, working alongside a variety of artists and artisans, and quickly returned to his roots, carrying on his familial tradition of farming. (All while building incredible guitars!)