Born and raised in mid-coast Maine, to a woodworking family, Jenny’s favorite activities as a child were hands on crafts and making things.
She started her lutherie career working for Rolfe and Phoenix Mandolins in 2004, while home on summer breaks from college. She graduated with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and returned to work for Phoenix full time.
In 2007 she took a six-month hiatus to attend the Galloup School of Guitar Lutherie, completing the Master’s program. The most important thing she learned was that this was what she wanted to set her life’s path on. She returned to Phoenix, this time as co-builder alongside Rolfe.
The 2008 financial recession hit the musical instrument market hard and she was forced to find other work.
She began working for Woodsound Studio in nearby Rockport, Maine. There she learned the repair and restoration work, not only of guitars and mandolins, but of orchestral instruments such as violin, viola and cello. She also learned valuable business experience working on the Woodsound sales floor.
In the spring of 2015, Rolfe contacted Jenny about his readiness to retire and sell Phoenix. Jenny leapt at the chance and they spent the following winter plotting move from South Thomaston to nearby Warren, Maine.
With Rolfe now fully retired, Jenny is the sole owner and builder of Phoenix Mandolins and is fully committed to upholding the exception quality and craftsmanship that you have come to expect.