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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Amate paper – A little local flavor

I wanted to add some local spice to the viola that I made in Tepotzlan, Mexico.  Ernesto, my host, gave me some of the traditional Amate paper that he uses for his own labels. Amate is made from the bark of a spectacular Ficus tree. I saw this one in the Cacahuamilpa...

Making violins in Tepoztlan, Mexico

A month in Mexico. In the pursuit of a deeper knowledge, in the hope of recharging the creative batteries, and for a simple love of travel, I spent October in Mexico with violin maker Maestro Ernesto Ramirez. In his beautiful workshop in Tepotzlan, near Mexico City,...