Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

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 […]

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 […]

Restoration of a violin by Claude A. Miremont, Paris 1856.

This fine French violin made in 1856 by Claude A. Miremont came into the shop a while ago after a terrible accident. I show this as a warning to players who rest their fiddles on chairs! As you can see the back and ribs were badly broken and to a lesser extent the front was […]

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 […]

Concert February 6th-Alaya Quartet

The Alaya String Quartet is performing in Ottawa in February. Based in Montréal, the Alaya String Quartet is comprised of four exciting players studying at l’Université de Montréal. Winners of the chamber music category in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu, the quartet is currently coached by Johanne Perron and Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot. . When: […]

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. […]


    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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