A native of Oxfordshire, England, Andrew worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Research Labs in California before deciding to follow his passion for building stringed instruments. Returning to the UK, Andrew studied at the Welsh School of Violin Making and Repair. After graduating, he joined the restoration workshops of Bein and Fushi in Chicago to apprentice under the guidance of master cello restorer, Russell Wagner. In 1996, Carruthers opened his own workshop in Santa Rosa, California, providing restoration services to the violin trade. Regular clients included some of the world’s leading violin dealers. Since 2015, all of Andrew’s work has been devoted to building new instruments for clients across the US and in Europe. In particular, Andrew enjoys exploring the tonal possibilities of mixing different woods with different instrument models.