Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

July 2017 – In Taiwan.

After returning from a busy two weeks of violin making in Oberlin, Ohio and working for a week in my Ottawa workshop, we shall close again for one week. Next week our workshop shall be closed, from July 3rd and opening again on Tuesday July 11th.  During this time I will be traveling to Taiwan […]

Summer 2017 – in the US.

This June our workshop shall be closed from June 17th and opening again on June 27th. My assistant is enjoying a summer holiday in Europe. Meanwhile I’m traveling to Oberlin College in Ohio for a violin making workshop.  The VSA/Oberlin Violinmaker’s Workshop is a two-week, intensive, graduate level program for professional makers. I look […]

The Strad – May issue

This month the English magazine ‘The Strad’ published an article on my workshop. In each issue they have a ‘my space’ section which shows the workshops of violin makers from around the world.  The main photo below is my main bench surrounded by the tools I use everyday. Also a small photo of our dusty […]

Exhibition in Toronto – follow up

The January exhibition of Canadian violin and bow makers in Toronto was a great success. With over 35 violin and bow makers from around Canada attending and showing their work. Some of the makers had never shown their instruments and bows in Toronto before. So it was a new opportunity for Toronto musicians to try […]

Via Rail – now for cellos as well!

    While traveling around Canada for business I sometimes travel by train which I enjoy very much. It’s relaxed and comfortable and I usually finish some paperwork or write a blogpost on the train! But if I need to bring a cello with me, I’m unable bring it on board under the luggage restrictions with […]

Toronto Exhibition! ~~~ Jan.14th ~~~

On Saturday, January 14th, I will be visiting Toronto for an exhibition of Canadian violins, violas, cellos and bows!  This is a great chance for string players in Toronto to try instruments and bows from the best award winning Canadian violin and bow makers. The event will take place at Koerner Hall Lobby at the Royal […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all our clients, colleagues and friends! Thank you to all our customers for your support! My assistant, Charline Dequincey, and I greatly appreciate it. This year we finished a number of new instruments including a new model of 16″ viola. Charline finished and sold her fine sounding Francesco Ruggeri model cello as […]

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

In November I finished a violin for Ramsey Husser (2nd Assistant Concertmaster) of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. It was modelled after my usual Guarneri model,  the ‘Lord Wilton/Menuhin’  Guarneri violin of 1742.  As I have become accustomed to this model, I’ve incorporated elements from other Guarneri violins, including the ‘Duskin/Zukerman’ Guarneri violin of the same year. […]

Canada Customs – Ottawa Airport

This year I traveled twice to the US with instruments (violin & cello) to present for conferences and a competition. Similar to a touring musician, I planned to bring my instruments back to Canada with me. On my return and without proper documentation,  Canada Border Services Agency could assume I had purchased the instruments in the US […]

Violin/Cello Making Competition – USA

Every two years, the Violin Society of America holds an international violin making competition. 205 Violins, 109 violas, 67 cellos, 9 basses and 68 bows were entered from around the world to compete in Cleveland, Ohio in November. On Thursday evening, I was awarded silver medal for workmanship for my latest cello.  It was a […]

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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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