Stanley taught himself how to play a guitar at fourteen years old.  Since then, he has learned to play multiple instruments.  His last gig was playing  guitar and banjo in a band called the "West Yellowstone Philharmonic" which was an excellent rock/acoustic group.
Stanley built his first guitar in West Yellowstone, Montana, in 1974, with help from a book called "Classic Guitar Construction" by Irving Sloane.  This first build inspired him to move from Montana to Arizona to attend and graduate from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery - a six month technical college teaching the art of building and repairing  stringed instruments.  Ever since, he has been involved in building/repairing stringed instruments and recently set up shop in Franktown, Colorado.
He is a member in good standing of the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisians (ASIA).

Stanley also is a Taylor Factory Authorized Service Technician.