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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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Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

In November I finished a violin for Ramsey Husser (2nd Assistant Concertmaster) of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. It was modelled after my usual Guarneri model,  the 'Lord Wilton/Menuhin'  Guarneri violin of 1742.  As I have become accustomed to this model,...

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Canada Customs – Ottawa Airport

This year I traveled twice to the US with instruments (violin & cello) to present for conferences and a competition. Similar to a touring musician, I planned to bring my instruments back to Canada with me. On my return and without proper documentation,  Canada...

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Violin/Cello Making Competition – USA

Violin/Cello Making Competition – USA

Every two years, the Violin Society of America holds an international violin making competition. 205 Violins, 109 violas, 67 cellos, 9 basses and 68 bows were entered from around the world to compete in Cleveland, Ohio in November. On Thursday evening, I was awarded...

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