Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

Mittenwald Competition Germany 2010

In May I entered the International Mittenwald Violin Making Competition. This competition is held every four years and attracted 175 violin makers from around the world. The instruments are judged on sound and workmanship by an international panel of  judges. The violin I entered won bronze medal.  (both pictured below) The violin was my usual […]

Stradivari violin copy – top block

This month I’ve finished the woodwork of a Stradivari copy I’m making for a client in Quebec. It’s now ready for varnishing and will be antiqued to capture the feel of the original violin. Before I glued the front on  I stained the inside which is photographed below.  This violin is a copy of particularly […]

NAC instrument collection

The players in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre Orchestra are fortunate to have access to a collection of string instruments and bows from the ‘Zukerman Musical Instruments Foundation’. This collection was begun by the orchestra’s musical director Pinchas Zukerman. I was asked by the NACO to appraise the collection in order to update their […]

7/8 violin- Andrea Amati

My assistant is making a copy of a 7/8 size violin by Cremonese maker,  Andrea Amati.  Almost 20 years ago I was inspired to copy the same violin so I’ve enjoyed seeing this instrument take shape. We hope to have this violin available in the fall. The 7/8 size may suit either a young player […]

Book- ‘Trade Secrets’

My copy of  the book ‘The best of trade secrets’  arrived recently. It’s a collection of articles from the ‘Trade Secret’ section of the British monthly magazine – ‘the Strad’. The topics cover a broad range of violin making techniques and some restoration methods. An article I wrote on reinforcing necks first published in ‘the […]

Ruggeri violin

Recently this Cremonese violin by Francesco Ruggeri came through our workshop. We took the time to measure and photograph it, before returning it to it’s very kind owner. We also took this violin to the Museum of Nature to be photographed which I will present later. With the information I gathered I will make a […]

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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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