J. Luke Heaton
Luthier, Expert Repair and Restorations
Located in scenic Cedar City, UT, Whittlesticks, Inc. is owned and operated by Luthier, J. Luke Heaton.
Specializing in stringed instrument builds, restorations and repairs, Luke has been bulding and repairing instruments for over 20 years. Whittlesticks is a Certified Authorized Service Center tor Martin & Co. and he is a Silver Level Taylor Factory Authorized Service Technician.
History & Approach
Luke started playing the contrabass in his youth and through an accident with his own instrument he discovered his love of creating and restoring instruments. He trained at Trees Breath Violin Making School in Mt. Pleasant, Utah under the exacting tutelage of Master Luthier, Paul Heart.
From hand picking the wood the instruments are made from, to the finished product, Luke takes great care in ensuring the instruments he creates are something he would want to play himself. He pays a great deal of detail, not only to the appearance of the instruments he crafts, but also to the fine details that will impact the sound quality and the muscian's experience while playing one of his instruments.