Jonathan Hill

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Jonathan has an extensive practical knowledge of early stringed instrument building and specialises in the making of instruments from the Viol & Violin families, as well as traditional decorative techniques.
He takes his inspiration from original instruments, which he studies in order to learn about the method of construction and decorative techniques used, and he uses this knowledge when building new instruments.
He has measured and built numerous 'Violas d'amore' and is a specialist in the area of baroque and early instrument set-up.

Jonathan currently teaches Instrument Making/Historic Craft practice at West Dean College in Sussex as well as carrying out his own work from his studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford, South East London.

“"Through a study of traditional craft practices, I am inspired to create artistically rich and beautiful sounding instruments which reflect the depth of craft knowledge seen on old instruments."”

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