When undertaking a restoration project the main goals are to restore the instrument to its original state and to preserve its original materials. This is a very special challenge. Strong craft skills and a lot of experience are, above all, necessary to return old and valuable instruments to their original condition.
Before opening up my own studio in Linz, I had the opportunity to gain valuable experience, with especially complicated and time-consuming restoration techniques, in some of the world’s finest violin making workshops in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and South Korea.
Due to my excellent professional contacts from my time spent working in different workshops, alongside regular exchanges with my colleagues in the Austrian (VÖG), German (VDG) and International Violin Making Federation (EILA) I am constantly enhancing my knowledge and expertise to ensure I remain at the forefront of developments in the field of restoration.
This diverse experience in my younger years is of great benefit to the musicians I work with today. And it is not only musicians, but also instrument dealers and professional colleagues from around the world who have their instruments restored in my workshop.
During the last couple of years I have restored some very fine instruments and documented the restoration process with photos. The following selection of photos should give you a good impression of my restoration work.