I completed a three year course at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair in 1983 with a violin evaluated by Wolf Saunders and Charles Beare.
In the following 4 years I worked for Gerriet Groth in Wiesbaden and Martin Koch Löbner near Tübingen ,Germany.
Having emigrated with violin maker Gregory Walke to his native Canada, we opened our workshop in 1988 in Paisley, Ontario. I have worked for city shops and expanded my experience over the years by taking courses in restoration techniques and acoustics.
Lately I divide my time between servicing string instruments in the region and making new instruments. As active amateur cellist I am drawn to cello making, have produced almost 40 cellos, while observing an equal number created by my partner Gregory Walke. I track the development of my instruments in the hands of my customers wherever possible and seek the feed back of accomplished players.
One such stimulating experience is the exchange at Sweetwater Festival, the annual high caliber music weekend in Leith / Owen Sound initiated by Mark Fewer. I am a member of VSA and profit from meetings and exhibits of the Maker’s Forum.