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Andrew Carruthers

A native of Oxfordshire, England, I worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs before deciding to follow my passion for building stringed instruments. I studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, near Cardiff. After graduating I joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 I opened my own workshop in Santa Rosa, California , providing restoration services to the violin trade. Regular clients include some of the world's leading violin dealers. These days I spend most all of my time building new instruments. My violins, violas and cellos are played by professional and amateur musicians across the US and in Europe.

For more biography and for reflections on violins and violin making see the 2003 interview with Soundpost Online

Publication: article on restoration technique "Vacuum Patched". The Strad Nov 1998 pdf

Article on Skeleton molds. The Strad 2012 pdf