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.

Portfolio

Browse examples of my instruments

News

 Longtime violin-maker Andrew Carruthers has struck on an idea: that perhaps new violins can be inspired by something other than old violins.
Not that the San Francisco Bay-area luthier has any problem with old violins — he’s studied the great masters and reveres their work. In fact, he’s made hundreds of stringed instruments based on Guarneri del Gesùs, Stradivaris, Montaganas and more.
But these days he also has been looking to nature, geometry, architecture for inspiration in his instrument-making.

Videos

Richard O’Neill plays a 2015 viola

Violin Making

A nice feature of classic period Cremonese instruments are the locating pins found on or near the center line of […]