Malcolm Weaver studied classical guitar making at Newark and Sherwood College in Nottinghamshire (UK), under the tutelage of Roy Courtnall Summerfield and Tony Johnson, where he qualified with distinction. During this time, he developed a particular interest in small bodied steel-string guitars, which inspired him to explore different possibilities of sound by experimenting with woods, techniques, bracing methods etc. He started making parlour guitars in 2001 and used the Olivewood Guitars brand. His workshop was in Newark, Nottinghamshire. The design of the Olivewood parlour guitar was inspired by the Martin 0045, but was complimented by subtle design features and a distinctive Spanish Olivewood rosette. Although acoustic guitars were his main focus, Malcolm Weaver also produced custom electric guitars and basses. Weaver closed down Olivewood Guitars in 2011.