I have been a luthier making bespoke
early stringed instruments for over 40
years. I studied at the London College
of Furniture in the early 1970’s. For
several years I was a Senior Lecturer in
stringed instrument making and have
taught many of today’s makers. For 10
years I was curator and repairer of the
collection of instruments for hire
belonging to The Viola da Gamba Society.
I have made viols for many prominent
players in the UK and worldwide
including Alison Crum; Richard Boothby;
Bill hunt; Judy Tarling and many others.
I find the shapes and forms of these
beautiful instruments inspiring and love
working with them. Primarily I’m aware I
am crafting a tool for the musician to
work with and I always aim to encourage
and promote a relationship between us,
in order to make an instrument that
suits your individual style.
Repairs and Maintenance: I
also undertake repairs, set-ups, and
bridge and sound post adjustments which
may include glueing seams and cracks and
making and fitting bridges, nuts, pegs
I occasionally have used, second hand
and collectable instruments for sale.