10 Hutchins Circle
Barre, Vt 05641
I am originally from Quebec Canada and moved to Vermont with my family as a young child. Violin playing was a very important part of my family as I was growing up. My grandfather was a fabulous fiddler and would do repairs for all the local players. He also made a few violins himself, although he was a carpenter by trade. I greatly enjoy traditional Canadian style violin playing.
I began learning violin repair as a hobby while working as an electronics repair technician for IBM. It wasn't long before I had accumulated many clients seeking repairs for their instruments. After several years of repairing violins and bows, I realized a desire to build my own violins and decided to pursue formal training in violin building and repair with a master luthier. As an apprentice under Master Luthier Thurmond Knight, I learned the traditional methods of violin making. In addition to my training with Thurmond Knight, I also traveled to Europe and worked with Master Luthier Wolfgang Heibler in Graz, Austria.