Open Studio: Hugh Withycombe
Handcrafting aged tone wood, Hugh produces functional and beautiful instruments to inspire the best in musical expression. Hugh trained as a violinmaker in the UK and opened his own studio at Gorman Arts Centre in 2003. One of his many interests is in the lost art of proportional design. In the absence of a universally accepted linear measurement system, the violin family were designed using a variety of internal proportions and the compass. Hugh uses a kind of forensic design analysis to understand the best qualities of historical instruments to incorporate them into his current work practices. Visitors can see the workshop full of tools and tone wood, and have the opportunity to draw some basic violin designs.
Studio name: Hugh Withycombe Violin Maker and Restorer
Hugh’s studio will be open as part of Gorman Arts Centre open studios.