I'm not a professional luthier and I don't even play one on tv...in fact, I'm not sure I'm professinoal at anything but I do enjoy most things I do. I was a hobbyist programmer for 20 years before actually deciding to try it for a living. I must say, I'm better at it now than I was 20 years ago and I'm better at it now than I was 20 days ago.
I'm hoping taking up lutherie late in life will work as well for me as the programming gig...but I ain't quittin' my day job jest yet..
Oh yeah, John (sunburst) and I are the same age. Somehow, wrtining the number out makes it seem older..
"If you can make it to 50 without growing up, you don't have to..."
Rob Powell AKA The BeerGeek