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Cello Endpins

Cello Endpins

Over the past 25 years I have tried a number of different endpin and endpin spikes while making cellos.  Mostly carbon fibre and steel spikes. We also see clients using a range of different endpins on their cellos. Most of these are made in Germany, Japan and the US....

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ChiMei Museum

ChiMei Museum

On my trip to Taiwan in July, I visited the Chimei Museum in the southern city of Tainan. It houses a mixture of art, natural history and musical instruments. The museum was first established 1992 and since 2014 has been located within a large park with extensive...

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July 2017 – In Taiwan.

After returning from two busy weeks of violin making in Oberlin, Ohio and working for a week in my Ottawa workshop, we shall close again for one week. During this time I will be traveling to Taiwan to visit the ChiMei Museum. It has a large collection of fine old...

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Summer 2017 – in the US.

This June our workshop shall be closed from June 17th and opening again on June 27th. My assistant is enjoying a summer holiday in Europe. Meanwhile I'm traveling to Oberlin College in Ohio for a violin making workshop.  The VSA/Oberlin Violinmaker’s Workshop is a...

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The Strad – May issue

The Strad – May issue

This month the English magazine 'The Strad' published an article on my workshop. In each issue they have a 'my space' section which shows the workshops of violin makers from around the world.  The main photo below is my main bench surrounded by the tools I use...

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Exhibition in Toronto – follow up

The January exhibition of Canadian violin and bow makers in Toronto was a great success. With over 35 violin and bow makers from around Canada attending and showing their work. Some of the makers had never shown their instruments and bows in Toronto before. So it was...

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Via Rail – now for cellos as well!

Via Rail – now for cellos as well!

While traveling around Canada for business I sometimes travel by train which I enjoy very much. It's relaxed and comfortable and I usually finish some paperwork or write a blogpost on the train! But if I need to bring a cello with me, I'm unable bring it on board...

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Toronto Exhibition! ~~~ Jan.14th ~~~

On Saturday, January 14th, I will be visiting Toronto for an exhibition of Canadian violins, violas, cellos and bows!  This is a great chance for string players in Toronto to try instruments and bows from the best award winning Canadian violin and bow makers. The...

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