I studied at Newark School of Violin Making and graduated in 2020.
I have had an interest in instrument construction for as long as I have been a musician. Beginning my journey by teaching myself to repair and maintain my banjos and guitars, I progressed through building a mandolin under the tutelage of a local luthier in Sheffield before making the life-changing decision to enter NSVM.
Whilst at Newark, I studied violin and viola construction, basic and advanced instrument repairs, baroque-era techniques and bow rehairing and repairs. Most recently my focus has been on cellos; I finished three over the course of my final year.
With a background in folk music and computer programming, I have always been keen to combine efficiency and precision with a healthy degree of experimentation. I believe that it is important for an instrument to be fun and entertaining to make as well as to play; hence a perfect day in the workshop is 50% intense bench work and 50% cracking jokes.
I also have a strong interest in teaching and sharing skills. I’ve taught the banjo for several years and conducted informal sessions demonstrating various violin construction methods to friends and colleagues at Newark.