Simon Ramsey has been building acoustic guitars and fine furniture for over 30 years. After working as a carpenter and boat-builder he studied fine furniture design and making with a luthiery component at the ANU School of Art. He has since been designing and building instruments and furniture mostly to private commission. He now works as part-time Technical Officer at the School of Art whilst still maintaining his private practice. Simon works with a variety of timbers, both native and exotic. His work displays a knowledge and sensitivity to materials which has been acquired through the slow hands-on process of experiential understanding.