Greetings and Welcome!

I am David Wiebe, American maker of classical, handmade string instruments of the violin family.  That family includes the violin, the viola, the cello, and the bass. All are made to concert artist quality level, all this work falling under the one label of Violinmaker.  I invite you to explore my site.



Instruments includes a cross-section of my work from earlier periods to the most recent, including violins, violas, cellos, and basses. While I believe there is a “family resemblance” within them, there is also individuality, variation, and development. Unless otherwise noted, all of the models and patterns are of my own design (please see the essay titled Perspective in the Approach section).

Making new violins today requires the integration of 18th century ideals with the musical demands of the  21st century. In our noisy time, it can be difficult to hear the faint voices from the past. In my work, I try every day to think in an 18th century mode even as I am immersed in contemporary musical scenes.