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

Making a cello

“Very nice cello, with a handsome varnish. The sound is well balanced with a deep and strong C string, which can be difficult to find in a cello. I also like the width and projection of the A string sound.” Paul Marleyn, Professor of Cello at the University of Ottawa www.paulmarleyn.com     A musical instrument such as a violin, viola or cello is the result of an accumulation of.. Read More

Making varnish for violins

The warm season is the ideal time to prepare varnish as it is better to be outdoors to cook the ingredients. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone experiment in their kitchen as there are too many ways it could go wrong, starting with strong and persistent resin and linseed oil smells in the best case scenario. The varnish I use for my instruments is a mixture of drying oil, cooked rosin.. Read More

Forum des luthiers / Maker’s Forum

Je suis heureuse d’annoncer que je participerai au Forum des fabricants organisé par la maison Wilder & Davis à Montréal le samedi 6 décembre. Ce sera une bonne occasion de revoir des collègues et de présenter au public montréalais un violon 7/8ième et un alto de ma facture. Au programme également, un concert du « Quatuor d’occasion », un récital en duo composé d’Andrew  Wan et Jonathan Crow, suivit d’une démonstration de.. Read More