Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

A 1693 Stradivari violin.

On a recent trip  I visited the National Music Museum in South Dakota to study and measure the 1693 Stradivari. Over the winter I’ll be making a copy of  this violin for a client. To copy an instrument I begin by taking as much information from the instrument as possible. Below are various  tools laid out on my bench […]

Australian Violin Makers.

I’ve been reading a new book on Australian violin making that came out recently. It covers the violin and bow makers in Australia from the 19th Century to the present day. In the introduction, Michael Lea from the ‘Powerhouse Museum’ in Sydney, does a wonderful job placing the violin makers in context with the changing […]

Exhibition in Montreal with the Canadian Viola Society

The Canadian Viola Society celebrate their 30 year anniversary at the Université de Montréal on October 10th and 11th. As part of the event we shall have instruments and bows on display and for musicians to try. All instruments and bows will be available to take out on a further trial.   We look forward to […]

Workshop in Ottawa

This is one of the rooms in the new workshop. These workbenches are used for making instruments. I have another room for restoration work further down the hall. By the entrance I have an office with my library and space to try instruments. At the moment I’m making another copy of a Del Gesu violin, […]

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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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