P1010165_wrkGuitar maker Stephen Faulk lives in Akune, Japan, a small fishing town on the West Coast of Kyushu. He builds flamenco, classical and specialty guitars on commission for an international customer base. His guitars to date are played in Belgium, France, Spain, Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA.

An amateur cellist and guitarist he plays music to amuse himself, and looks forward to someday getting another cat. The Bach Suites for solo cello, Shostakovich, Bartok and Beethoven string quartets, Flamenco, Funky West African guitar playing and the print making of John Cage are things that interest. Also Japanese food, architecture and crafts, eating at taco trucks, some Led Zeppelin, occasional Rolling Stones and always the Prado Museum.


Born in 1963 in California. Studied anthropology, art history and studio art. Graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute 1993 with a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. Studied at Mills College completing the Masters of Fine Arts course in 3 Dimensional Concepts in 1996.

Additional education:
Began to learn instrument making in the shop of violin bow maker and fine art restorer Burdell Tenney in Redlands California while a high school student. Worked in the Tenney shop on art restoration and bow making projects, as needed between the years 1979 and 1998.

Field studies in Archaeology College of Micronesia, Ponape Island, Federated States of Micronesia – year active -1988.

Related work history:
Worked in various San Francisco Bay Area museums as freelance exhibit designer and fabricator. Years active – 1991 through 2004