1986 to present. A Lawrence Smart   “I began building mandolins and guitars full time in 1986 although there  are a few Smart instruments that predate that time.  I work in a one person shop (myself) in McCall, Idaho which is located in the west-central mountains of Idaho.  All guitars and mandolin family instruments are sequentially numbered on a label glued to the back  inside the sound hole.” [ Source:  A. Lawrence Smart, Luthier, email 15/8/2008 ]