Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration


In December arts journalist Peter Robb visited my workshop and we gave him a workshop tour. We talked about what goes into making a good string instrument and about being a violin maker in Ottawa. The article just came out online. ARTSFILE article is here – click.  Myself and my assistant Charline Dequincey in the workshop […]

VSA awards!

In November I took part in the 23rd Violin Society of America Violin Making Competition. I’m pleased to say I won two awards.  An award for workmanship for my latest violin and an award for workmanship for my cello. There were 224 violins and 66 cellos entered in this major international biannual competition.  The cello is now […]

Closed in early November

Our workshop shall be closed from Friday November 2nd to Monday November 12th. My assistant and I will be at the Violin Society of America conference in Cleveland, Ohio. I will be available in Cleveland to meet clients on November 9th at the Renaissance Hotel. We are available again for appointments in Ottawa from Tuesday November […]

Workshop closed until July

We will be closed for the rest of June and opening again on July 3rd, 2018. My assistant and I will be in Ohio at Oberlin College for their annual violin makers workshop.  This year the focus will be on making a copy of a late period Guarneri Del Gesu violin. At my bench I […]

Exhibition in New York

In New York at the Lincoln Centre in the Bruno Walter Auditorium there will be an exhibition of contemporary violins, violas, cellos and bows. Sunday, March 18th, from 1pm to 5:30pm. I look forward to show a violin copy of the ‘Dushkin’ Guarneri Del Gesu.

Cello Endpins

Over the past 25 years I have tried a number of different endpin and endpin spikes while making cellos.  Mostly carbon fibre and steel spikes. We also see clients using a range of different endpins on their cellos. Most of these are made in Germany, Japan and the US. In the workshop we have a range […]

Workshop holiday – closing for Christmas.

The workshop will be closed from December 23rd and will open again on Tuesday January 2nd. Thank you to all our customers. We look forward to see you again in the New Year!  

Toronto Symphony Orchestra and cello soloist

This Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure to listen to Dale Yoonho Jeong perform as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thompson Hall. He was the 2017 winner of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He performed a selection from Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. Dale performs on a […]

Making violins in Maine and Tool Makers, Lee Nielsen

In the fall I was kindly invited to Maine, in the US, to work with 7 other violin makers at a beautiful seaside cottage for a week. We each worked on our own violins and violas and of course shared ideas on our current work. With such a small group it allowed people to share […]

ChiMei Museum

On my trip to Taiwan in July, I visited the Chimei Museum in the southern city of Tainan. It houses a mixture of art, natural history and musical instruments. The museum was first established 1992 and since 2014 has been located within a large park with extensive buildings. The purpose of my visit to Chimei […]

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1R 6X9
    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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