A native of Oxfordshire, England, I worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs in California before deciding to follow my passion for building stringed instruments. Returning to the UK, 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. Since 2015 all of my work has been devoted to building new instruments
I’ve been awarded two Silver Medals and a certificate for cello tone and, with Chris Peterson, a certificate for Violin Tone from the Violin Society of America.
Press and Publications
Vacuum Patched. The Strad. Nov 1998. pdf
Skeleton molds. The Strad. 2012. pdf
Beauty in Violin Repairs. Strings magazine. May 2015
Cello Rib Doubling. The Strad May 2016. pdf
Andrew Carruthers on his journey as a luthier and leap to graphic design. Strings Magazine July, 2016
Luthier Andrew Carruthers on the heart ansd soul of violinmaking: Strings Magazine. January 3, 2019
Why this Santa Rosa violin and cellomaker uses 300 year old techniques. Press Democrat, March 29, 2019
Interview with Violinmaker: Inspiration and the Turtle Fiddle. violinist.com. October 1, 2020
Santa Rosa luthier builds violin – from all local materials. Press Democrat February 13, 2021
Born of redwood, pine sap and cow tendons: Andrew Carruthers’ Redwood Violin Project takes the ‘Go Local’ mindset to extremes Strings Magazine. May 7, 2021
The Redwood Violin | Andrew Carruthers | TEDx Sonoma County. YouTube, April, 2022
Silver Medal for Cello Tone. VSA 2004.
Certificate of Merit for Violin Tone.
Partnered with Chris Peterson. VSA 2012.
Silver Medal for Cello Tone. VSA 2014.
Certificate of Merit for Cello Tone. VSA 2016.
Berkeley, California circa 1981 with the first “real” instrument that I made: a steel string guitar with a redwood top