Jim Olson ( born in 1950 ) grew up in Hudson Wisconsin, a small border town on the beautiful St. Croix River. Always inquisitive about how things worked, that curiosity would lead him to take apart everything from his dad’s fishing reel to the rear brake hub of his Schwinn bicycle. If he wasn’t melting lead wheel weights to make buck tail fishing jigs he was “stealing” the shelves out of his parents fruit cellar in an effort to come up with wood to make a push car. At age 12 he began to play guitar and formed a band with friends from the neighborhood. Fascinated with how guitars work, soon he was taking them apart, refinishing them, changing pick ups etc., but never really considered making one. In Junior High School shop class, he won the “Future American Craftsman” award, a small trophy given to the student displaying the most promise that year.