I made my first violin in the late 1980’s during a couple of Easter Courses at West Dean
college near Chichester. These courses lasted 9 days over the Easter Holiday and were a marvellous opportunity for those interested in making musical instruments of all sorts to be taught by talented teachers in a well equipped workshop in beautiful surroundings. The courses continue to this day.
I was taught first by Jane Julier
– a maker of beautiful viols and then by Tony and Louise Padday
– two great violin/cello makers. Thanks to their skill I managed to produce a playable instrument which is still in use by my grand-daughter today. I subsequently made a second instrument which ended up virtually indistinguishable from the first!
This led me to an interest in making other instruments and over the years I have completed a number including guitars, lutes, a cittern, all with Zachary Taylor
, an electric guitar and even an oboe with Eric Moulder