"Wood is amazing! I will be happy as long as I work with wood. Every type of wood has its own personality and I get to work with some of the most beautiful and exotic materials in the world."

An independent guitar maker earns $50,000 - $80,000 per year.


Custom guitar maker Shelley Park says that you can build two guitars exactly the same way and they'll still sound different. Why? Because of the wood used to make them. Shelley makes specialized gypsy jazz guitars. She got into building guitars as a result of her love of playing the instrument. Shelley took a college course in guitar making and has been making beautiful music, and guitars, ever since.

Shelley shares a workspace with two others and has all the tools required to get the job done. The sound of a busy shop is music to her ears.

Did you know? Canadians spend over $40 per capita on music albums.

If you're looking for a custom made gypsy jazz guitar, check out www.parkguitars.com. Many of Shelley's clients found out about her work on the Internet. It's ironic that originally Shelley did not take the idea of having a web site seriously, but her friend convinced her to get one. It turned out to be a valuable promotional and communication tool.

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Shelley owns her own company. From purchasing wood and assembling guitars to shipping her product and taking care of all related business matters, Shelley does it all by herself!

Shelley works full-time and builds between 12 and 20 guitars a year. Client satisfaction means a great deal to her: when the client is happy, she is happy.


Education: College program in guitar building.

Hobbies: Playing guitar, building furniture for herself, working with wood.