Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jacky Lam graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Entertainment Arts from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Master of Arts in Visual Arts from Hong Kong Baptist University. He was led to wood crafts during his theatre studies, where he made wooden props and decorations for stage performances. In his spare time, he often consulted his professor John Philips on the making of instruments. Therefore, he was first introduced to French polishing, often used in Western instruments. He later was inspired by and self-taught oriental lacquer craft. Apart from woodworking and sculpting, lacquer work is also one of his specialties. From craftsmanship to mechanics, Jacky is committed to exploring the contemporary relevance of traditional crafts.