John graduated from the luthier program at Red Wing, Minnesota, and started working for Blakerby Violin Shop in Austin Texas. John practiced everything from re-hairs to complete restorations. After finishing a two-year restoration of a mid-1920s Juzek bass John started building his own instuments. John now builds basses in a variety of styles and materials to suit the needs of any player.
"I was always told if you love what you do, it will never feel like work. Building a double bass is long, detailed work, but it`s what I love. Half the fun of making a bass is finding wood to build these behemoths. From repurposed spruce from salmon traps in Alaska, to a huge sycamore tree in the Midwest, the hunt for good tonewood is a constant." -- John Koehler