Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

Adjusting a bridge on a viola.

This week I have been adjusting a viola I made last year. The sound was too much in the treble range for my taste and I wanted to bring more bass across all four strings. To achieve that I’m adjusting the bridge together with other changes to the viola. With traditional methods I look at […]

3D Scan of a violin- Museum of Nature

This week I visited the Canadian Museum of Nature’s research centre and archive across the river in Quebec. I was there to see a demonstration of their 3D colour laser scanner. With this device, 3D images can be made of almost any object. Once the scans are on the computer, you’re able to rotate the […]

Violin workshop bench – Ottawa.

This is my main bench in the workshop where I work every day on the second floor at 319  Catherine Street. (The workshop is now at 792 Gladstone Avenue   click here for On the bench at the moment I’m finishing a copy of a Guarneri Del Gesu violin (Lord Wilton, ex-Menuhin) made in 1742. […]

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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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