Maker’s Forum in Toronto

Last Saturday I was honoured to be part of the Maker’s Forum exhibition in Toronto. Contemporary violin makers and bow makers from Canada (34 on 37 participants) and abroad  were presenting their work. As a maker, this event was a great way to meet with musicians. I was able to discuss the instruments I had brought (a cello and a violin) and get their feedback.   During the afternoon, Kerson Leong.. Read More

Contemporary violin makers exhibition in NYC

I am pleased to announce that a viola I made will be displayed this week end in the Contemporary violin maker’s exhibition presented by Reed Yeboah Fine Violins LLC. Please come visit us at The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, New York. or follow this link for more information.

A Thank You to the Ontario Arts Council

I wanted to extend my warmest thanks and share with you some highlights from my experience gained through the Chalmers Professional Development Grant, which was granted to me by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015. The grant allowed me to attend this year’s violin making workshop in Oberlin, Ohio for two weeks. There, while working on a violin, I was able to attend great lectures given by colleagues coming from.. Read More

Poplar cello

Cellos or Violas made with poplar or willow backs have a reputation for having a warm sound. These wood species were used throughout the history of violin making, and particularly in Cremona during the second half of the XVII century and the first half of the XVIII century. In his book, “The Secrets of Stradivari,” Simone F. Sacconi mentions that two fifths of Stradivari’s cellos still remaining, feature poplar or.. Read More