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Crawford Instruments

Crawford Instruments makes, restores & repairs instruments & bows.

Crawford Instruments is an owner-operated business which I started at the end of my post-graduate studies. After my studies I worked for three years at J.P. Guivier, the oldest established violin shop in London. Realising I wanted to challenge myself more I went to work for Frederic Chaudiere in Montpellier making modern violin/viola/cello for two years. Presently, Crawford Instruments is managed privately from my workshop and includes commissioned work as well as restoration and repairs on stringed instruments. I was born and raised in Western Canada and studied my apprenticeship in Joinery/Furniture Making in Vancouver, following which I ventured to England to study at West Dean College. West Dean College largely appealed to me because of its broad course and one on one tuition (Roger Rose). This allowed me to explore and practice my love of carving and inlay work. Currently I try to divide my time between baroque and modern making. I also make a range of baroque bows. The diversity in my work always keeps me on my toes and wanting to learn more. I make instruments of the violin family, both modern and baroque, Viola da Gamba, six and seven stringed instruments, French, German and English models and bows of the baroque and classical period. All instruments are made of the highest grade materials from Italian alpine spruce to Guyana Snakewood. I now call Germany home and reside in the beautiful town of Brandenburg an der Havel just out side Berlin where I spend most of my time making instruments and bows. I find inspiration at every corner, from the birds and trees all around to the wonderful old church across the street, one doesn't have to look far. I find working here, seeing the same things that the artisans of the 18th Century saw, motivates me to make great intruments. The instruments and bows shown on this website are just a small example of the many models I have made. Please contact me with any enquires you may have. Awards Terry Pamplin Award RAB Trust Award Zibby Garnett Scholar Qualifications Graduate Diploma with Distinction Early Stringed Instrument Making Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction Early Stringed Instrument Making Professional Development Diploma Early Stringed Instrument Making

Contact Information

Address: Muehlentorstr. 9,
Telephone: +(0049) 1520 279 0576
Email: ian.c.mcwilliams@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.crawfordinstruments.org