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 included some of the world’s leading violin dealers. These days I spend most all of my time building new instruments.