A native of Oxfordshire, England, I worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs before deciding to follow my passion for building stringed instruments. I studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, near Cardiff. After graduating I joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 I opened my own workshop in Santa Rosa, California, providing restoration services to the violin trade. Regular clients included some of the world’s leading violin dealers. These days I spend most all of my time building new instruments. My violins, violas and cellos are played by professional and amateur musicians across the US and in Europe.
Berkeley, California circa 1981 with the first “real” instrument that I made: a steel string guitar with a redwood top