Kaspar Pankow

After initial training as a violin maker in Cremona, Kaspar Pankow learned bow making in the West Dean workshops (Sussex, England) from 2006 to the present, under the guidance of Tim Baker and Derek Wilson. He has also attended all the Oberlin bow making workshops (Ohio, USA) since 2011 where he has worked alongside some of the best contemporary makers.

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Tim Baker

Tim Baker graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making with distinction in 1981, and joined W.E. Hill & Sons where he trained as a bowmaker and repairer. In 1984 he joined J&A Beare Ltd, where his time was divided between bow making, restoration and the study of old bows.

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Hans Pluhar

Hans Pluhar developed a love for the violin at an early age. He has been playing the violin for 30 years and working as a violin maker for nearly 20 years now. His violin making career started at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, he continued it as an apprentice in Austria and worked as a restorer and self employed violin maker in London, UK.

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William A Mackay

For a long time I have been interested by the interaction of player, materials and the dynamic response possible particularly on an acoustic instrument.  I made my first acoustic instrument under the instruction of Norman Reed in Totnes Devon in 1995, himself a maker of viol family instruments, and it was there that I became interested in double bass.  In my final year at Newark violin school in 2011 I decided I would like to specialise in making double bass.  That year I returned home to Caithness to establish my workshop.

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Nigel Harris

In 1981 Nigel became a full time violinmaker, and devoted his workshop to the making of new instruments only. Nigel left New Zealand in 1984 and set up his family home and workshop in England and now lives and works in London. To further his research Nigel did a PhD at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University. His thesis was on the relationship between the shape of the arching curves of violin plates and the tone of the instrument. In 1994 Dr. Harris was joined by Roger Sheldon.

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Roger Hansell

Roger Hansell, is a renowned British Luthier. His reputation has developed over many years for the making of exceptional copies of historic instruments. Roger studied Fine Art under Patrick Reyntiens and Cecil Collins at the Central School of Art in London. He was inspired by their teaching which stressed the importance of craftsmanship in art and art in craftsmanship and this principle can be traced throughout his work. He has been based in the market town of Leyburn for over twenty five years.

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Katrin Gabriel

Katrin carries out restorations and repairs on violins, violas and cellos. Her specialities are neckgrafts, of which she has fitted close to eighty throughout her career. She also specialises in arching corrections, working with plaster casts. All major and minor work is undertaken in her workshop, including sound adjustments and maintenance of stringed, bowed instruments.

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