John has over 35 years’ experience running a violin shop and making stringed instruments in Anchorage, Alaska. To date he has made 139 violins, 53 violas, 63 cellos and an assortment of other instruments.
Mr. Osnes grew up in Everett, Washington, learning to play the violin at an early age. In 1974 he graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He lasted as an Engineer for two years before switching occupations and building my first violin. At present Mr. Osnes operates his violin shop in Anchorage by day and plays violin in the Anchorage Symphony and other groups at night.