Welcome to my workshop!

Although I take my inspiration largely from the Old Masters, my approach is to try to get an understanding of their aims, intentions, reasons for doing things in a certain way, then evaluate and, in applying my own work ethics and time-honed working methods, create an original instrument. Uncompromising standards of craftsmanship, a strict code of work ethics and keeping an open and inquisitive mind were some of the attributes of the Heiligenberg School Of Making where I served a 4-year apprenticeship, and I try to uphold these principles

photographs are examples of my work and models might change without prior notice.

My Violins

My violins are based on Guarneri and Stradivari patterns, apart from baroque instruments,
for which I look at Stainer and Amati models.

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Baroque Instruments

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