Viola da Gamba and Guitars
My career in the lost art of viol
making has spanned over thirty years.
I began with a Quaker schooling,
which led me to a Heals of London
apprenticeship. This was then
followed by an early stringed
instruments course at the London
College of Furniture which led on to me
becoming a senior lecturer for over
ten years teaching the techniques of
I began by making Lutes, Viols and
Early guitars in conjunction with
Anthony Rooleys Early Music Centre
(Holland Park). This has led me to work
on a variety of different styles, from
the early Renaissance designs of
Giovanni Maria, Gaspar da Salo, Antonio
Siciiliano, to the classic designs of
English makers John Rose, Henry Jaye and
Richard Meares, as well as the final
developments of the later French viols
(Nicholas Bertrand and Michel
Throughout my life I have found the
shapes and forms of such beautiful
instruments to be inspiring, but
primarily I see these instruments as
tools for their musicians. I aim to
encourage and promote a relationship
between myself and the musician in order
to create an instrument which suits
their individual style.
I have made instruments for many of
today’s leading players, as well as for
students at The Royal Academy of Music,
The Royal Northern School and the Royal
College of Music.
I have been privileged to examine
many original instruments in museums and
private collections. I have also
researched and collected a considerable
amount of material to work from.
I make instruments on commission, but will occasionally have some
ready for sale. I also regularly have other second hand, vintage and
rare stringed instruments available. You’re welcome to contact me if
you wish to enquire about a specific instrument. Alongside making, I
devote some of my time to repairs, adjustments and restorations.
Due to the ornate nature of my instruments they do vary in price; please contact me for any further details. If I have a particular interest in making a certain type of instrument I may be able to make a concession on the price.
My aim is to always provide the highest levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail.