California Valveworks is owned and operated by Derek Donohue, the founder and President. They are located in Charlotte NC, now, having moved there from San Jose, CA (in 2011/12?).
Timeline (by Derek Donohue)
- Summer 2006: Made my first treble boost clone
- Fall 2006: First decided to make and sell effects
- December 2006: Free Range Chicken name is coined
- January 2007: California Valveworks name is born
- February 2007: First Free Range Chicken sold on e-bay
- Spring 2007: Website launched, the Bone Tender Fuzz, based on the Tone Bender MkII, is launched.
- Summer 2007: Fried Chicken 'hot boost' added to product lineup
- Fall 2007: Daddy 2.O mod is developed
- Summer 2008: Daddy 2.O gets first CalValve album credit
- Spring 2009: First custom pedal project sold.
- Spring 2009 to present: Many new and repeat customers satisfied