Andrew Carruthers

I am a violin maker living in Northern California. This site is a showcase for my work and a place to share the experience of practicing an eighteenth-century craft in the twenty-first century.


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Occam’s scroll holding jig

Holding a violin scroll while carving the volutes and dressing the pegbox is a little awkward.  Here is one of the simplest and most effective jigs that I’ve come up with: a piece, 12mm ply with 30mm holes in it.   Use a soft piece of ply and round the edges of...

Violin Making: One Mans Journey

Almost exactly two years ago, at a violinmaker’s show in Berkeley CA,  I met Musician and Videographer, Chip Curry. Chip Suggested that he make a short movie about violin making, He came to stay for a week and divided his time between chatting, filming  and...