Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

Strad Magazine article – Oberlin 2016.

This November the British magazine, the Strad, published an article on the summer program at the VSA/Oberlin College Violin Makers Workshop.  I’ve attended this workshop in the United States, for a number of years, working alongside approximately fifty of my good colleagues. The program runs for two weeks each summer. This year violin maker Hugh […]

Summer break – workshop closed.

This June our workshop shall be closed from June 9th and opening again on June 28th. My assistant and I are traveling to the 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. We look forward to catching up with […]

Second Stradivari plane

Last year I finished making another metal plane for the workshop.  It’s based on a plane from the Museo del Violino (Cremona Museum) in Italy.  It was part of a collection of tools from the Stradivari workshop purchased by Italian violin collector Count Cozio in the late 18th Century.  For more information I wrote an earlier […]

Employment opportunity – luthier assistant.

THIS POSITION IS NOW FILLED We are currently seeking an assistant for the workshop. The work would include new making and some restoration. Our workshop includes one other employee. Interested candidates can apply by sending a resume including education, previous job experience and languages spoken. Photos of instrument work may be included as well. Applications […]

Viola – National Arts Centre Orchestra

This week I finished a viola pictured below for the assistant principal violist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.  Often I am copying a particular old instrument or at least using one as an inspiration.  The musician who commissioned this viola had his own particular ideas in mind. So the design is a mix […]

Violin, viola and cello!

It’s been enjoyable to see a few of our instruments finished recently. Below is a beautiful cello my assistant has just completed from her own workshop. The back and sides are made from poplar wood and it’s based around a Cremonese Rugeri model.  I’m pleased to have it for sale in the workshop now. Please […]

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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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