Berkeley Box Works started in July, 2006, sharing a workbench with Caswell Harps,
in the 6000 s.f. cooperative facility at Heinz Street Woodworking,
located in the Berkeley Arts Complex in South Berkeley.
At this beautifully-equipped and spacious shop,
the "brain bank" of our woodworking co-tenants helped us to perfect each detail.
Working as production manager for master harp-maker, Chris Caswell,
I have nurtured a sense of practical innovation in applied luthierie.
As a lifelong woodsmith and working musician,
I bring the spirit of an engineer and an artist
to the mission of developing and building top-quality instruments.
From the basic box to the top-end professional models,
our cajons are built and finished on-site to a standard of craft
that gives us pride in our work and its benefit to our clients.
Credit is due to the artists and instrument makers who have created this wonderful instrument's tradition.
I am also grateful to the many fine drummers and luthiers
who have been so generous with their advice and input,
especially Tobias Roberson, Quique Diaz, John Martin lll, Jeni Swerdlow,
and the great Peruvian Maestro de Cajon, Lalo Izquierdo.
As a result of their collaboration, you cannot purchase a better cajon than a Berkeley Box.