Wyatt Wade Wilkie
Hand-builds around a dozen archtop guitars and mandolins per year in his small workshop on the coast of Vancouver Island where he has lived for several years with his wife, Emily and two children Jasper and Linnea. He considers himself lucky to have finally arrived at such a beautiful place to live and work after a lengthy and unpredictable journey.
Prior to setting up shop in British Columbia Wyatt had his workshop in Savannah, Georgia where he worked as apprentice to renowned jazz guitar maker Bob Benedetto shortly after Bob opened his shop there. As well as building Bob’s high-end guitars Wyatt also had the title of Master Craftsman of the company and filled many roles, all the while still whittling away in his own shop at home making guitars and mandolins of his own design.
Wyatt traces the beginnings of his craft back further than this however, back to the years 1993-97 when he built custom instrument cases in Calgary, Alberta. Working for Calton Cases of Canada he became familiar with the work of James D’Aquisto, John Monteleone and other talented luthiers working at that time. The cases were custom fitted, requiring an intimate knowledge of the measurements involved in creating a perfect fit.
Wyatt was born on Vancouver Island in 1970 and now lives in Royston, BC, in the beautiful Comox Valley.