Adam BuchwaldPrincipal 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.
Cat moved to Vermont with her husband Rick Davis of Running Dog Guitars in November 2017. She is happy to be back in the Northeast and looking forward to continuing on the tradition of doing exemplary repairs on all fretted instruments in partnership with Circle Strings.
Cat graduated from the lutherie program at the Minnesota Technical College, Red Wing MN, in 1982. Following that Cat apprenticed with William Cumpiano (author, Guitarbuilding: Tradition & Technology), building and repairing guitars in his shop for two years. She stayed on after her apprenticeship and served as Cumpiano's repair technician for another four years.
In 1989 Cat moved to Seattle and opened up Sound Guitar Repair. Cat has repaired and restored a variety of fretted instruments ever since, serving an ever-expanding populace of happy musicians.She has done repair, set-up and maintenance work for the Everly Brothers, Bill Frisell, John Gorka, Danny O'Keefe, Annie Wilson of Heart, Cris Williamson, Del Rey and many other players.
My passion for lutherie started my senior year of high school, where I built a electric guitar in my wood shop class. After graduating, I took a brief detour to college, however quickly lost interest in what I was doing. It didn't take much thought in what I wanted to do instead. I enrolled in Brian Galloup’s School of Lutherie in Big Rapids, MI where I took the six month masters course. In my time there as a student, I built a solid body electric guitar, two acoustic guitars and an arch top. After receiving my certificate I was approached my luthier Sam Guidry, an instructor at the school, about starting an apprenticeship there. I accepted and spent the next year and a half working under Sam and the many other talented instructors there including Brian Galloup. When the end of my apprenticeship drew near, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Adam Buchwald of Circle Stings, who met Sam at a guitar show. After speaking with Adam, it became clear that his shop in Burlington, VT was a perfect spot for me to continue my work as a builder of handmade guitars.
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.