At five years old my first wood working memory was cutting out bird houses on a jig saw in my Dad’s workshop. Dad was a master craftsman, whom I assisted making most of the furniture in our home.
At age ten, my Great Grandmother gave me my Great Grandfather’s violin to play, I continue from that day taking lessons and enjoying playing violins.
At Twenty, for Christmas Dad gave me Harry Wake’s Violin making manual and a carving gouge, I consumed Harry’s manual, then put it on the shelf for almost 30 years.
At nearly Fifty, I started restoring that old German violin from my Great Grandfather. When I came to re-setting the neck I realized how little I knew about making violins. At that point I started taking workshops with violin makers and violin varnisher Joe Robson.
I continue to learn, enjoying every new nuance of this amazing instrument.
William D Howery:
Violin Maker, Violinist, Luthier
1325 Marian Dr.
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034