||I have been making instruments of the
lute family for over forty years now, building all types of renaissance
and baroque instruments from plain and unadorned to highly decorated. I
can make any instrument to your commission. I
have customers all over the world - Europe, the United States, South
America, Australia and Japan.
I have considerable experience of
restoring old lutes to both playing condition and museum standards. I
also carry out repairs to modern instruments. Cases are made to measure by a well-established specialist case
My instruments are lightly constructed, the backs built on solid
wooden moulds in the traditional way, and are made typically with yew,
maple or fruitwood backs and occasionally ebony, rosewood or kingwood.
Soundboards are of well-seasoned European spruce. Decoration can be in
materials such as ebony, snakewood, satinwood, sandalwood, boxwood, horn
and bone, and I like to use water-gilt details in roses and on carved
Baroque lute pegbox designs.
I trained as an architect, and taught myself lutemaking by studying,
measuring and drawing original old instruments in many of the British
and European collections. My work is closely based on this research, and
varies from direct copies and lutes in a regional or a particular
maker's style, to original designs of my own. My aim is to follow the
proportions, constructional concepts and materials (including the
all-important strings) used in the golden age of these great
The lute spans around 400 years of history, and the nomenclature of
the many types is a little involved, so to keep a simple website menu I
have arranged my instruments under four headings:
I also make bespoke boxes and
small furniture to commission.