Eric was the first person hired during Michael's year-long stint helping Gurian Guitars get back on its feet, following a 1979 fire. In those days he was fond of pitching tape balls and playing Neil Young tunes. Eric built his first complete guitar at Froggy Bottom Guitars in 1982. He went on to complete his degree in Wildlife Management at the University of New Hampshire and spent fifteen years working in wildlife conservation with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and Ducks Unlimited. Eric also owned and ran Sunnybrook Farm Orchard in Maine before returning to guitar building in 2005.
Eric lives in central Vermont, with his wife Wendy, their three sons–Hunter, Leland and Galen, and Cider, their golden retriever.