Kievmann Viola Back Inlay
 Baroque Violin  f hole

Kievmann Viola f Hole
Kievmann Viola Back Inlay
Violin Scroll Viola Scroll Cello Scroll Baroque Violin Scroll
Baroque Violin Fingerboard
Viola f Hole

Violin f Hole
Baroque Violin Tailpiece

I have been making violins, violas and cellos since 1976 when I attended a part-time course at The London College of Furniture under the tuition of Pat Naismith with the valuable assistance of George Moon. In 1978 I moved from London with my partner to the Exmoor National Park. By that time the violin obsession had fully developed and I set aside my architectural career to make instruments.In 1981 I participated in the Facta Britannia Violin Making Competition, won the first prize for Tonal Quality for a violin, and was runner-up to Rowan Amour-Brown in the competition overall.The following year my cello won the overall prize for best instrument. During the subsequent 5 years I made approximately 35 instruments, including 9 cellos, was profiled in the 'The Strad' in April 1983, and attended the Cremona Triennial Festival in 1985. In this period I also set up an evening class in Violin Making at East Devon College, which functioned for 23 years, and instigated the Tiverton and Dartington Violin Conferences, which were to become the annual forum for the British Violin Making Association. After 1986 my architectural work took precedence and my output of instruments dwindled for a while. Now, having taken early retirement I am able to fulfill my need to make more instruments and contribute further to British Violin Making.

My workshops on Exmoor are shared with textile artist Gabriella Falk and we also have a holiday cottage and attached chamber music room for those wishing to come for a prolonged stay

Baroque Violin
Small Viola
Large Viola