The bulk of my work until 1989 was in the area of set-up and basic repair.
In 1989 I moved to the UK where I stayed to further hone my lutherie skills until returning to Cape Town in January 2004.
In the UK I studied guitar design and construction under Norman Reed at the Totnes School of Guitarmaking, Totnes, South Devon, graduating in December 1991. I still make guitars and mandolins, tending to specialise in acoustic guitars and mandolins with carved top and back as in the violin-making tradition.
My making, restoration and maintenance of bows for orchestral instruments began in 1989 during which time I studied the making of all parts of the bow inspired with the help of the late Arthur Bultitude of Hawkhurst Kent. My bows stylistically favour models of Dominique Peccate, Pajeot & the Hill bow by W.C.Retford.
Instruments made and repaired in my workshop are not limited to standard instruments or designs: I enjoy the challenge of the unusual. For example, I was a co-founder of Bridge Musical Instruments of Sleaford and was principal designer of a range of electric violins, celli & double-basses with hollow carbon graphite, Kevlar & Epoxy Resin bodies of unusual ergonomic shapes.
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