September 10, 2018
(currently being updated)
See me at the 2018 London International Early Music Exhibition, November 8, 9, 10.
With 40 years of experience building and repairing stringed instruments,
I make viols based on English and French instruments from the late 1500s to the late 1600s, constructed with multi staved, bent fronts.
-Tenor viol after the maker John Rose, London 1595. String length 58cm. Completed March, 2017-
Through the study of the small number of original instruments or portions of them
surviving intact, the existing body of research and my own observations as an experienced luthier,
I continue to refine my ideas of what makes the bent front design successful.
-7 string bass after Michele Colichon, Paris 1683. String length 70 cm. Completed June 2016-
I build two versions of each instrument. One a closer copy in decoration and woods
to the original. The other, a simplified version with the scroll, fingerboard/tailpiece
and other elements of my own design but still looking the part, in order
to make a less expensive instrument that sounds and plays equally well.
-Bass after the maker Henry Jaye, London c. 1620. 70cm string length. Completed September 2014-
All my instruments feature high quality seasoned woods, chosen for both their aesthetic
and acoustic qualities and careful construction and attention to detail.
-Tenor after Henry Jaye, London c. 1660. 54 cm string length. Completed April 2015-
-Tenor viol after John Rose, London 1598 . 58 cm string length, Completed April , 2014-
7 string bass 1691 Michele Colichon, Paris. 72.5 cm string length, "Essential" version. Completed March 2015