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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 […]

Violin making article on eHow.com

> . . My good colleague Kim Tipper in British Columbia and I were interviewed for this article on violin making. The writer nicely outlines some of the issues of making a fine violin today and comparing contemporary violins with older instruments. Though there are a few errors, for example. “Stradivarius.org reports that da Salo […]

Summer in the workshop

For the next two weeks my assistant, Charline Dequincey, is taking a well earned vacation. We still have restoration  work waiting to be done.  For a few years I’ve had an old French cello in storage needing repair.  I wanted it playable to present to clients looking for a good cello. So it was fortunate […]

Different contruction methods.

In the workshop, I’ve been busy varnishing a Stradivari model cello and another Guarneri violin on order.  My assistant in the next room is making a copy of a viola made by G.P. Maggini in Brescia from the early 1600’s. The work of Stradivari and Guarneri vary in many ways but the construction methods used […]

Stradivari Cello – Smithsonian

This week I flew to Washington to visit the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.   Both museums have great collections of string instruments and in  particular I went to see the Stradivari ‘Servais’ cello from 1701. I already had some information on the ‘Servais’.  The purpose of this trip was to gather more information, measurements, […]

3D Print of a Ruggeri violin scroll

One of the important tools I use in the workshop are casts taken from great antique instruments. Our collection includes old style casts made from Plaster of Paris and more modern and durable plastic resin casts. We use these at the bench as a reference or inspiration while copying an instrument while the actual instrument […]

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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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