Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

New Year

The workshop is now closed for 2012 and opens again on January 2nd 2013 We’ve had a great year, with wonderful instruments and clients coming into our workshop.  A few of the interesting instruments we saw surprisingly came out of storage from the Canadian government. My assistant is now restoring a French violin and English […]

New Norteño CD

The superb ensemble  Norteño have released their third CD ~ Cato’s Life. This album features music composed by Pierre-Paul Provencher, who also performs on the bandonéon (accordion) with the group. Norteño works within the world of “tango nuevo” (new tango), a genre created by the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. . Violinist Christian Vachon is […]

Varnish – Italian violin

The photo below is from an Italian violin made in Milan during the middle of the 18th Century.  It’s in our workshop for some major restoration work. On the back the varnish had worn away to show two distinct layers of varnish.  I took this close up photo showing some of the worn and chipped […]

Exhibition in New Orleans- May 13th (workshop closing for a week)

In May our workshop will be closed for one week from May 8th and opening again on May 15th. During that week, I’ll be in New Orleans for the biennial meeting of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers. Together with interesting lectures on various aspects of violin expertise, the meeting will include an […]

Copy of a viola by Giovanni Paolo Maggini

This week I finished an instrument modeled after a viola by G.P. Maggini. The original was made in Brescia, Italy, during the early part of the 17th Century. The construction methods I used were similar to the methods my assistant used on her Brescian viola. The back is carved from one piece of maple. (cut […]

Pierre Martel Cello

Last year a local music organization gave me a cello as a thank you for volunteer work I had done over the past few years. This small size cello was made by Canadian violin maker, Pierre Martel in 1879. He worked in L’Assomption, Quebec, about 40 km north of Montreal. The cello needs some restoration […]

Workshop Viola

We’re enjoying a break over the holiday period and the workshop opens again January 3rd. Just before Christmas I took the photo below of my assistant, Charline Dequincey, doing the finishing touches on her next viola.  The viola is based on a 17th Century instrument by Maggini.  I found several pieces of great maple that […]

Guarneri Del Gesu copies.

Two of my customers were very kind and brought their ‘Harrison’ violins to my shop for me to play and compare. They were based on the same violin- the Guarneri Del Gesu, 1742, ‘Lord Wilton’ , once owned by Yehudi Menuhin.  One of the violins was completed in 2010 and the other was finished just […]

Tanning wood before varnishing

In the workshop I use UV lights to tan my instruments before varnishing and we also use UV light to dry the varnish on the instruments.  Last week I was replacing some old bulbs in my UV light box. At the light supply shop the owner was interested why I needed these UV lights.  After […]

N. Vuillaume Cello – Ottawa NACO

Last week I was invited to the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa to an event welcoming a new cello to the ‘Zukerman Musical Instrument Foundation’. The foundation works to acquire instruments for strings players of the NAC orchestra. The atmosphere in the rehearsal room was upbeat as Harold and Merle Jones of Ottawa, who […]

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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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