About the Maker
I repair bowed instruments and bows and build mainly violins and violas which are made in my shop, completely by me. I usually have a good selection of instruments on hand for you to try out. If you are ordering an instrument you can even select the wood!
Right now I am making mostly Stradivari model violins, Stradivari's designs are well proven and set the highest standard that luthiers strive for today. Look for a Guarneri model violin coming out in the near future.
As for wood selection I generally use aged spruce from the Italian and Swiss Alps and maple from eastern Europe although I am having good success with Virginia maple. If you are ordering an instrument you can even select the wood!
All of my instruments are done with oil varnishes that I make or buy from violin varnish makers.
I play violin for contra dances and local events and play viola in a small ensemble for fun.
In 2002, I entered my first violin making competition, the Violin Makers' Association of Arizona International '02, and won three trophies, including the top award. This violin is owned by a Chesterfield County Public School orchestra student.
2002 VMAAI Competition
Bob Wallace Grand Prize
1st Prize for tone, gut string
2nd Prize for overall points, gut string