Tomi Nivala

Tomi apprenticed at our shop in 2004, and graduated to be a guitarmaker artisan from Ikaalinen College of Arts and Design the same year. This was the time when Juha had been looking for another skillful luthier to join the Ruokangas team for quite some time. The pieces of the puzzle fell in place as Tomi agreed to jump in!

Guitar making aside, Tomi plays bass in a southern rock band Heartburn and works occasionally as a technician for such Finnish bands as Diablo and Michael Monroe. Tomi is an enthusiastic soccer fan, hailing for Barcelona. His other hobbies include big motorbikes, vinyl records, pina coladas, tattoos and Elvis Presley.

“Every work place should have a guy like Tomi around. He finds always, even at the darkest moment, the positive angle to things and has a way to dress it up to words in an encouraging and uplifting way. He’s our natural born medicine man – “El Magico”. Not to forget his outstanding skills in guitar making. Irreplaceable.”
– Juha Ruokangas