Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

July 2017 – In Taiwan.

After returning from a busy two weeks of violin making in Oberlin, Ohio and working for a week in my Ottawa workshop, we shall close again for one week. Next week our workshop shall be closed, from July 3rd and opening again on Tuesday July 11th.  During this time I will be traveling to Taiwan […]

Peter Dawson Violins closing

As many local string players know, after decades in business, Ottawa violin shop Peter Dawson Violins is closing in March. When the owner Kurtis Aelick decided to close the shop, he asked me to look through the instruments and assist him with his collection. Kurtis and I have been good colleagues for some years and […]

Emmanuel Begin bows

When customers are trying different instruments in our shop, they often take out their own bow to use.  It makes sense for customers to use a bow they know well when trying to choose a violin. But my heart sinks if their bow is a very poor quality stick or missing half of it’s hair […]

Tourte Le Jeune – bow making

While at a conference last year in Portland, Oregon I ordered this book, which arrived a few weeks ago. It is a catalogue of an exhibition on bows made by Francois Xaviar Tourte. The exhibition was held in London, England in 2008 and focused on Tourte, the founder of modern bow making. I didn’t have […]

Pernambuco and bow rehairing.

Since November last year, we have been donating 1 US dollar to ICPI with each bow rehair done in our shop. ICPI is the “International Conservation of Pernambuco Initiative”. Each US dollar raised plants one Pernambuco sapling. This is goes toward an international effort to save this endangered Brazilian tree. Pernambuco has been the main […]


    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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