This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
Essentially unchanged for over four hundred years, the tradition of violin making continues to be an endeavor of painstaking patience and attention to detail. Jeff has dedicated himself to this pursuit. He weds proven acoustic concepts with personal artistic style, creating beautiful instruments that are a pleasure to play.
After studying at the University of Northern Colorado and obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree, Jeff enrolled at the renowned Violin Making School of America. Following four years of intensive study he began work at the Thomas Metzler Violin shop in Los Angeles, learning repair and restoration techniques.
Jeff later moved to Portland, Oregon, joining the staff of the David Kerr Violin Shop. Since opening his own studio in 1990, Jeff devotes his time to instrument making. Using traditional tools, his hands-on approach yields genuine character and artistry while avoiding excessive use of machine tools, which sacrifice individuality for expediency. Jeff takes as much time as needed to fully realize the potential in select woods. He makes his own varnish from traditional compounds and carefully applies it by brush. In the final phase of set-up, Jeff draws upon years of shop experience to render the instrument responsive and easy to play.
Jeff moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in 2002 and enjoys the small-town atmosphere and close proximity to nature the area affords.
Jeff is a former member of The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Inc., and holds a silver medal for tone from the VSA.