I was introduced to the viol in the early 1980's by my good friend
Dave Saphra, an accomplished gambist and double bassist in the New York
area. I was awestruck by the flowing curves of the pristine outlines,
the gentle arches, and the delicate "C" holes. The combination of
beauty and the abundance of music available to these instruments have
led me into a love affair for the ages.
Viol making is a living art. My viols are not clones. All the models
I use are based on historical instruments. I derive great satisfaction
working in the spirit of the old master viol makers, but at a certain
point each model becomes my own.
The following page contains a list of instruments I now produce.
String length can
be varied, within reason, to suit personal taste. The string lengths
noted are the most favorable for each model.
Click here to view the current instrument list.