I've been invited from time to time to give talks to violinmakers and to players and teachers.  I've also written articles for specialised publications.  Click on the images below to read articles and transcripts of talks.

From the stable to the workshop: investigating the use of saltpetre in violin primers
Talk given at the 20th anniversary conference of the British violin Making Association, September 2015

Viola Making
An article about important considerations in making violas from The Strad, May 2011


Glasgow Gasparo Cello project 2011
Article written for the Autumn 2011 issue of the Newsletter of the British Violin Making Association describing a project making a cello modelled after Gasparo da Salo with a team of colleagues.

 

A tale of two scrolls
Article written for the Autumn 2010 issue of the Newsletter of the British Violin Making Association with my colleague William Castle, describing a day working together on different models of scroll.


Brescian-type purfling, part 1:  Purfling the edges
Article reproduced by permission from the Strad Magazine, June 2010



Brescian-type purfling, part 2: Decorative patterns on the back
Article reproduced by permission from the Strad Magazine, August 2010



Steam-bending fronts: a practical demonstration
Transcript of lecture/demonstration given to the conference of the British Violin Making Association at Dartington, Devon on 14 September 2008.  It gives a detailed description of the theory and practice of steam-bending the spruce to make fronts for instruments.

Trade Secrets: Making the ribs for a cornerless viola  
Article reproduced by permission from The Strad Magazine, October 2007



Making Violas: Reconciling Size and Sound
Talk given at Lutherie 2006, an annual conference for violin makers held under the auspices of the Newark School of Violin Making.  It covers many aspects of making violas, with particular reference to the possibilities as regards size, string length etc and some ideas about approaches to making good-sounding violas. 


How to look after your instrument
Downloadable sheet giving straightforward guidance about maintenance and care of a new instrument.



Violas: Sizes and Proportions
Talk given at Viola Day for Teachers at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester on 30 January 2004.  
A discussion of the issues of size and string length for viola players and includes a chart of sizes and suitable strings for child-sized violas.