This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
I live and work in Seattle. An early graduate of the Violin Making School in Salt Lake City, I'm in my 40th year as a maker and remain passionate about my occupation. I invite you to see the devotion I have to the craft in the late-period Guarneri del Gesu model violin I've brought to the 2020 Metzler Violin & Bow Exhibition. You'll find a great deal to like about its playability and sound. This instrument, constructed in 2019, has a bold and multidimensional character, both visually and tonally. My handwork is reflected in the attractive surface texture of the rich red-brown varnish. The style is unmistakably new and crisp, yet has the warmth and patina of years.
My work has evolved through study, practice, intension and adherence to traditional methods, materials, and forms of the 17th and 18th century masters. The original instruments themselves inform my work, as do my years of experience, feedback from musicians, and the diagnostic tools and acoustical research that have become available in the last few decades.
I give thanks to my teachers, and the many musicians, violin makers, and friends who have taught and motivated me to develop the subtleties of form and tonal character necessary in the construction of fine musical tools for demanding musicians. Though most of my violins and violas are built for contemporary and classical musicians, I also offer instruments in historical set-up for Period performance.
When not at the bench, I can often be found with a camera in my hand or in the digital darkroom manipulating images.