Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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, […]

Our violin shop has moved to 792 Gladstone Ave.

We are pleased announce our new workshop in Ottawa’s little Italy opening on August 1. Visit the new convenient location at 792 Gladstone Avenue, next door to the beautiful St. Anthony’s church, just east of Booth Street. We are having an open house: When: Saturday, August 1st from 10:00 to 4:00. Where: 792 Gladstone Avenue, […]

Cellos in Ottawa

On my centre bench is a new cello with a poplar back that’s almost complete. I am now giving the varnish a final polish and setting up the instrument. In the foreground is the beginning of another cello. The back, sides and neck will be made from maple. In the photo the two centre ribs […]

Violin donated to Uni. of Ottawa.

. . . . . . . . . The violin above was recently donated to the University of Ottawa, Music Facutly. It is labeled Elophen Poirson, Lyon and dated 1910. Along with the violin, 4 bows made by the late Ottawa luthier, Joseph Kun were given as well. The violin hadn’t been used for […]

New Cello – in our Ottawa workshop.

Pictured on the bench is the Stradivari model cello my assistant and I are making. Inside the sides have been reinforced with cloth. Stradivari reinforced the sides of his cellos with linen cloth. The sides on our cello are made from poplar which Stradivari also used. It’s a softer wood than maple and is sensible […]

New neck graft

While making a copy of Yehudi Menuhin’s Guarneri Del Gesu violin, my assistant and I have also been making a cello. It’s inspired by the ‘Castlebarco’ 1699 Stradivari cello at the Library of Congress and the ‘Servais’ 1701 Stradivari cello at the Smithsonian. Both are in Washington D.C., which I visited a few years ago. […]

Viola da Gamba CD-Mikko Perkola.

Last year this CD came out and I sold a number of copies in my shop. Now I just received another batch of CDs! The recording features Finnish Gamba player Mikko Perkola. He is performing on a Viola da Gamba I made 10 years ago while living in Toronto. It was a copy of 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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