Dale Kumbalek Tonewood
My name is Dale Kumbalek, and I have been working with wood for more than 40 years. I became interested in building musical instruments in 2008, and have been focusing on guitars since 2014. I prefer working with hand tools when possible, using power tools only for some of the larger tasks.
My approach to instrument building is from an artist’s perspective. Each guitar is designed one at a time and built freeform without the use of a mold. I use intuition as my guide to carve, bend, and shape each piece before combining them to make a unique one of a kind instrument.
I am an eco-friendly builder using sustainable materials and staying away from endangered species. My materials come from all over the world including local woods when possible. I select each piece based primarily on it’s acoustic properties and secondly on it’s visual beauty. The spruce and cedar I use for my guitar tops comes from northern British Columbia, Canada or Alaska and is rated as some of the best in the world.