A native of Oxfordshire, England, Andrew Carruthers worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs before deciding to follow his passion for building stringed instruments. After graduating from the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair, Carruthers joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996 he opened his own workshop in Santa Rosa, California, providing restoration services to the violin trade. Carruther’s regular clients include some of the world’s leading violin dealers. These days he spends most all of his time building new instruments, particularly cellos modeled after Ruggieri, and smaller sized cellos after Guadagnini.