“I have been interested in violins from a very young age. It was only during my second year as a student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch that I was able to start formal violin lessons, with which I continued for a period of 7 years. Thereafter my engineering career took over, but I gradually started to increase my knowledge of violin making, repairing and restoration. In 2002 I started violinmaking and -repairing on a full time basis, a decision that I have never regretted.
During this period I was a member of the Catgut Acoustical Society in the USA, as well as of the Southern Californian Violin Makers Association. I also visited trade fairs in Frankfurt and Cremona to get a better overall insight into the world of musical instruments. Qualified violinmakers from Mittenwald in Germany have also worked in my workshop which also provided valuable information regarding the making and restoration of stringed instruments.
I work from my home in Pretoria, where I have my workshop. My son, Cobus, is assisting me and is an experienced instrument repairer.