When building an instrument from scratch, I pay particular attention to relevant historical details; staying true to period sound and playability is also of paramount concern.
Yet the use of gut strings alone does not a historical performance make: what’s needed – over and above musical training – are instruments and bows that not only reflect the style of a given period in their appearance but – crucially – in their performance characteristics. This authentic edge is precisely what my bows and instruments deliver.
After the (single-handed!) construction process, my instruments and bows get put through their paces: each piece that leaves my workshop is subject to rigorous quality controls by my wider network of associated musicians, all of whom are recognized specialists in Early Music.