Twenty six years in employment (mechanical engineering ). 1969-1995.
Maker of Instruments since 1980.
Full time since 1995.
1995-'98 Newark School of Violin Making (N.S.V.M.) England. Three year full time diploma course violin making and repair, attained certificat's for
Diploma violin making and repair
Advanced violin making.
At the age of nine I learned to play mandolin and tenor banjo, and continued for almost thirty years until I made my first violin, which is what I mostly play now. The first instrument I made was a tenor banjo, lots of metal work appealed to me because of the engineering background. After the banjo I continued making mandolin's and mandola's for about eight years before turning my hand to making violins. Since my course at N.S.V.M. I have set-up my workshop from my house in Dublin's Stoneybatter (birth place of the famous Dublin poet Austin Clark). Here is where I work and sell my instruments , callers are always welcome but please do make an appointment.
August 2001 Recgonition of excellence RDS (Cello )
August 2000 Royal Dublin Society 2nd prize (Viola )