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My Approach

Originally trained at the Newark School of Violin Making, the foundations of my making are in the classical traditions of instrument making passed down and developed over centuries. I like to allow myself flexibility and freedom, and combine this with modern knowledge and techniques to enable me to further develop as a maker.

I am constantly working on designing instruments using the classical methods of harmonic design. Using knowledge which was highly developed in the renaissance period guides my work. Using this approach allows me to keep in the rooted traditions but still leaves me with endless possibilities to adjust and experiment depending on the desired result and create original pieces.

My research led me to reconstructing for myself an ongoing version of the Quadrivium, part of the ancient education system of the 7 liberal arts founded in ancient Greece around the 6th century and leading into the renaissance of the 12th century and the 14th-17th century.

The 4 parts of the Quadrivium were divided into: arithmetic (number), geometry (number in space), harmony (number in time), and astronomy (number in space and time).

My instruments

I categorise my work into 2 areas – personal designed models; and ones inspired by regions and classical makers.

Goethe once said “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, until they take root in our personal experience.”

This is why, alongside my personal models, I also design instruments based on the classical makers who I very much admire, but reconstructed, and often adjusted from their original design using the design principles that I find in their work combined with my knowledge of harmonic proportional design.

It’s very easy to see you work as original from a small bubble by closing your eyes to looking at others who may have trodden similar paths. But, if open to looking, allows you to have a relatively infinite number of lessons on hand in order to be able to truly make an original creation which is my goal.

Stylistically, the character and personality is defined and created through creating a harmony between the details. The visual harmony, just like a person, can be made to compliment, contrast or embellish with the character of the sound of the instrument. Each stage building on the last to create the whole.

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