Adam Buchwald

Principal Luthier

My passion for instruments goes beyond building and repair work. As a working musician, who plays banjo, mandolin and guitar, I understand what a musician ultimately wants to get out of their instrument.

After studying with Bob Jones in Brooklyn NY, one of the most respected and talented luthiers in the country, I felt confident enough to take on my own clients and start Circle Strings. I was very fortunate to have Bob right next to me while I worked on my early repairs.

For over two years I was head repairman at Retrofret in Brooklyn NY with Steve Uhrik, Peter Kohman, and Jason Petty. Working with them gave me the opportunity to repair and restore some of the world's most valuable and rare instruments. It was there that I built some of my first guitars while having all of the vintage pieces, broken and playable, that I was able to study from. I worked on everything from a soprano ukulele to a Ernie Ball Earthwood bass. It was an amazing time. 

VT was calling me, and raising a family in NYC was not what I wanted. I was offered a position to teach guitar building and repair with George Morris at Vermont Instruments and moved up North. I spent a few years teaching and building/repairing on the side. 

It was there that I had the great pleasure of meeting Michael Millard of Froggy Bottom Guitars . I took the leap and started building with them full time. It was an incredible experience and I learned so much about guitar building, dedication to a craft, hard work, and most importantly, myself. 

I have finally settled back in Burlington VT, next to my alma mater UVM, and have opened up my own shop doing custom builds and repairs.  I am mostly building guitars, mandolins, and more recently tenor guitars and double course tenors (ala octave mandolins). These instruments combine my love of mandolin and guitar and are a rare bird in the handcrafted scene of instruments. 





Pat Melvin


I am an Upright bassist whose musical adventures have taken me all over the country for a handful of years.  I got into working with Adam when the band I was playing with was supposed to go on the road for a tour and I ended up not going.   Having become friends with Adam through the local bluegrass scene i reached out to see if he needed someone to sweep the floors in his shop, much to my surprise he did!  It wasn’t long before I was doing basic repairs,  installing frets and generally learning a whole lot about guitar building and the work ethic and attention to detail required.   



Gabriel Stadecker

CAD technician

Gabriel Stadecker is a licensed architect and holds a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in economics from ColumbiaUniversity. He spent three years working in Landscape Architecture at the office o fMichael Van Valkenburgh in New York City where he worked on public and private landscapes as well as architecture within urban parks. He has subsequently pursuedmultiple opportunities in commercial architecture, from developing and detailing projects for Apple computer at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to working on large international projects at Skidmore, Owings and Merril in San Francisco. In each project, Gabriel has explored the intersection between landscape and architecture and used the synergies to integrate systems from within these two disciplines. Since moving to Burlington four years ago, Gabriel has worked on a variety of local projects, institutional and residential, and is currently building an architecture anddesign practice that integrates design with digital techniques and CNC fabrication.