Fletcher & Goodfellow
Ron Fletcher was raised by a family of carpenters on the cold western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder as a downhill ski racer but soon quit racing to study art. His paintings were seen by visiting artist/lecturers from New York, who then set him up with representation with the Sharpe Gallery, who helped move him to the East Village in the early 1980’s. He found several violins in a Massachusetts dump a couple of years later, which he enjoyed repairing. Starting around 1990, under the generous tutelage of Mr. Carlos Arcieri, he learned all aspects of restoration and making. He has had his own workshop in New York for around 18 years, originally located in Tribeca and now in Yonkers among the trees.
Peter Goodfellow is an award winning maker of fine quality concert Violins, Violas and Cello.
He studied at the Newark School of Violin Making in the UK and graduated in 1999, followed by restoration experience under the guidance of English restorer Paul Gosling.
After 28 years based in the UK, Peter has returned to Australia and now lives and works in Sydney.
With a multi-disciplined engineering background which inspires his passion for the craft of violin-making, classical design and acoustics research, he explores modern technology to achieve consistency and sound quality for his instruments.
By its very nature violin making is a solitary occupation. Peters’ approach has been one of continual learning, development and collaboration with like minded colleagues and he is a regular participant at the Oberlin Violin Making program. He has written articles which have been published in the Strad magazine, the British Violin Making Association Journal and the VSA Journal.
In addition he has presented lectures and organized Making events to copy classical instruments and promote the sharing and exchange of knowledge amongst makers.
His instruments have received awards at several international competitions with Gold medals awarded for cello in Mittenwald 2010, VSA Cleveland 2010 and 4th Concours Etienne Vatelot, Paris 2011.