Festival of Modern Making - Calum Thomson
My name is Calum Thomson and I am a violin maker based in the centre of Edinburgh. After spending time in the workshop of a local luthier learning the traditional methods of violin making I set up my own workshop where I am now continuously making new instruments. My instruments are made using techniques that have been practised by luthiers for centuries.
Since taking up violin making I have managed to study a selection of both contemporary and antique instruments. I enjoy seeing the individual character of each violin whether it be new or old. Becoming familiar with a variety of instruments has shown me that even though violins may display contrasting qualities, differences in design can still produce instruments that sound amazing, are comfortable to play and aesthetically pleasing. The instruments that I find most appealing are the ones that display individual style and character - this is my main inspiration when I sit down to make a violin. My aim when making an instrument is to combine everything I have learned about the methods and styles used by traditional makers with my own interpretation of what a fine violin can be.
Examples of Callum's work:
Calum Thomson 2019 Violin
Calum Thomson 2020 Violin