Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

Other workshops

Our violin making workshop depends on many other businesses for materials and tools from around the world. In September I was in Italy and Germany selecting wood for future instruments. As well for example, I order violin parts from England or violin cases from the US or France. I also rely on local businesses no […]

Treefest Concert – Lansdowne Park

Concert: Sunday Oct. 4th, 2-4pm Cadanza String Duo: Cello & Violin   On Sunday, October 4th, from 2-4pm, an event organized by Tree Fest Ottawa will feature the Cadenza String Duo.  Violinist Christian Vachon and cellist Greg Weeks both perform on a instruments made in our workshop based on Stradivari models. The Cadenza String Duo are […]

New 16″ viola

This month I started making a new viola for a member of the National Art Centre Orchestra.  We talked together about what kind of viola he was looking for and agreed on a comfortable 16″ size, based on the violas by Andrea Guarneri from the late 17th Century. The original design is slightly larger at […]

Stradivari tools – iron planes

        The remaining tools from the Antonio Stradivari workshop are kept in the museum in Cremona – Museo del Violino. The tools give an interesting glimpse into the working practices used in the Stradivari workshop during the early 18th Century. Over the years,  I’ve copied and adapted some of them to make […]

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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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