THE MAKERS' FORUM
PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE
MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTS AND BOWS
Passionate about music and drawn to wood and hand work, Charles Arsenault began his career as a violin maker at the age of 17, first as an apprentice in the United States, then in a large workshop in Romania (1995-96). He went on to work in Québec before obtaining a position in Toronto where he developed his skills as a violin restorer, as well as his approach to set-ups and fine adjustments (1999-2009).
For the last 10 years he has specialized in restoration thanks to more formal training at courses/workshop in Banff, Alberta, in England, and in Switzerland. In 2010 he decided to return to his studies full time in order to deepen his knowledge in restoration with Jean-Jacques Fasnacht at the Swiss School of Violin Making in Brienz, Switzerland. It was during this period that he renewed his interest in making instruments. In 2011 he established himself in Montréal with his wife, Rebecca Pierce. They both currently work for Wilder & Davis, and Charles shares a private workshop with André Lavoye, Pascal Béland, and David Widmer, where he makes violins, violas, and their bows.