Michael Hemken hand carves acoustic archtop guitars, violin, violas, and bows in his Saint Helena workshop.He strives to build instruments that are sculpturally beautiful and acoustically powerful. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1951. Throughout his youth, Michael enjoyed wood carving. When he arrived in California in 1974, began repairing musical instrument for musician friends. Two years later carved his first archtop guitar and violin. Since then he has maintained a limited production of one of a kind instruments. He has been at his current location for twenty years. In addition to being a luthier, Michael is a master electrician.