I was studying Double Bass at Goldsmiths University when I realised I wanted to make instruments rather than play them. After a time at Newark School of  Violin Making I worked making new basses for Thomas Martin, Oxfordshire. I was then very privileged to to gain a Scholarship from QEST to study with some of the best makers and restorers in the UK which lead to working for the gifted Colin Irving as his assistant. Colin was an institution in himself. I am ever grateful to him and his wife Christine who both taught me so much.

In 2012 we set up our workshop in Salisbury where we began a very serious and intense period of restoration and making instruments for professional players world-wide. As the making of basses  demanded a bigger working space my wife, Marie and I moved our growing family (we have 5 children) to rural South-West Wales. Our new working environment has given us the enriching space to make more instruments.

When not in the workshop you will find us messing about on the river.

a brief insight

As part of HRH Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace in July 2013 I was invited to exhibit one of my  instruments.

In 2016 I was awarded a Churchill Traveling Fellowship and traveled throughout Europe to study further the violin making centers of France, Germany, Austria & Italy.

© 2017 Charles Collis