Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration


In December arts journalist Peter Robb visited my workshop and we gave him a workshop tour. We talked about what goes into making a good string instrument and about being a violin maker in Ottawa. The article just came out online. ARTSFILE article is here – click.  Myself and my assistant Charline Dequincey in the workshop […]

Cello Flight Case Rental

We have a ‘Bam‘ Cello Flight Case now available for rent.  We’ve successfully used this case to fly with cellos in North America.  It increases protection for the cello during flights when the cello is placed with the hand loaded cargo. We thought cellists traveling to summer festivals, courses and concerts might find it useful […]

Michael Kun Violin

The violin shown below was made by Michael Kun in 1984 and is available now in our workshop.  Michael is the son of the late Joseph Kun, a violin and bow maker who worked in Ottawa Canada from 1968 to 1996.  Joseph Kun also developed the ‘Kun’ shoulder rest which is still used by violinists […]

Exhibition in New Orleans- May 13th (workshop closing for a week)

In May our workshop will be closed for one week from May 8th and opening again on May 15th. During that week, I’ll be in New Orleans for the biennial meeting of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers. Together with interesting lectures on various aspects of violin expertise, the meeting will include an […]

Toronto Star – “Contemporary violins upstage a Stradivarius”

A study by Claudia Fritz comparing contemporary violins with Cremonese violins has been featured in various magazines and newspapers recently.  Journalist Ross Oakland from The Toronto Star called our workshop while putting together two articles published in their Sunday paper. . . . The first article focuses on the psychoacoustic study by Claudia Fritz. Link […]

The Leading Note Foundation

A great music program started recently in Ottawa has been the Leading Note Foundation The program gives children from low-income communities the opportunity to learn and make music together. Lessons are provided by volunteers. Instruments have been donated by the public and violin shops. We donated a student cello and violin. Many of the donated […]

Ottawa Violin teacher and a commission?

For instruments, bows, repairs and restoration – 613 569 4803 792 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, K1R 6X9 —————————————————– This week I had a parent come into the shop. She wanted to know how much she could sell her daughter’s violin for. It was poorly re-varnished, had a replacement front, and badly repaired cracks in the […]

18th Century violin case

A colleague was looking to sell this old double violin case and bought it into the workshop. It was made for two 7/8 size violins probably around 1800 or earlier. There was no padding inside, just lined in thin blue felt. The outside was covered in leather with metal studs and fitted with a solid […]


    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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