Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

Follow up – Montreal Exhibition

The luthier exhibition in Montreal from December gathered together violin and bow makers from around Canada. Organized by the violin shop  Wilder & Davis, the main event was held in the room shown below, at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur.   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

‘Dushkin’ 1742 Guarneri copy.

This year is Pinchas Zukerman’s last season as music director with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO). Over the past few years, my assistant and I have restored a number of the instruments in the Zukerman Instrument Collection at the NACO.  While dealing with this collection of string instruments, Pinchas Zukerman played a Stradivari copy […]

Montreal Luthier Exhibition

This Saturday December 6th, I will be in Montreal for the “Forum des Fabricants” – an exhibition of contemporary violins, violas, cellos and bows. The exhibition and concerts will take place at Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur at 100 Sherbrook Street East. The event is organized by the violin shop Wilder & Davis in Montreal. String […]

NACO Dequincey Viola

Last week the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada began their tour of the United Kingdom. Beginning in Scotland they have traveled south with a busy schedule of concerts.  This summer, NACO violist David Thies-Thompson, purchased a viola made by my assistant which he took with him on tour. The photo below shows Charline Dequincey […]

Violin thickness maps

Sometime ago we were fortunate to have a beautiful Guarneri Del Gesu violin in the shop. We photographed and took measurements of it to keep on file. As I make instruments in the workshop I often refer to photographs and other information for inspiration or to copy. I also keep records of my own violins as […]

National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada -Violin

This summer violinist Donnie Deacon purchased a violin I finished in 2012. Donnie Deacon has been principle of second violins with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada since 2001. As he played this violin for the first time, it was almost instantly a good fit for him. The violin was based on Yehudi Menuhin’s […]

Violin Making Competition – Mittenwald Germany 2014

This year I entered a violin in the International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald, Germany. It is held every four years and this time the majority of violinmakers taking part came from Europe and some from Asia. I was the only violin maker from North America to enter.  My violin made it through to  the final […]

Six Old Italian and six new violins – Blind tests.

The recently publicized  “Soloist evaluations of six Old Italian and six new violins” has kept my email inbox busy for a few days now.  With media headlines such as “Stradivarius Strung Out” or “Stradivari surprise…” the old vs. new blind tests have grabbed people’s interest. Here is the actual study itself for those interested: PDF […]

‘Ole Bull’ Guarneri copy

In September I finished the violin pictured below for a member of Canada’s National Art Centre Orchestra. It was based on the Guarneri violin, made in 1744 in Cremona and played by Norwegein violinist Ole Bull. The wood for the back of this violin was made from an old piece of maple that I was […]

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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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