Hand made violins are crafted from top choice Balkan maple and Italian Alpine spruce. Finished with a traditional Oil Varnish and expertly set up with super fine fittings.
Experienced restorer of many antique instruments including, mandolins, guitars, violins, violas, cellos, and double bass.
Top notch bow rehairs of violin, viola, cello, and bass bows. Services also include re-cambering, new ivory tips, new silver winding, new grips, frog/screw adjustments, and crack/chip repair.
Mark began his professional career as a high school Industry & Technology teacher before pursuing his dream of becoming a maker of fine stringed instruments. He began his training in lutherie by working for a family of Bulgarian violin makers doing repairs and restorations. Mark worked for many years mastering the skills of set up work, restorations, and tonal adjustments of violin, viola, cello, double bass, and their bows before turning his attention to the world of violin making. In his own shop, he custom built many specialty tools and developed an extemely sophisticated method for building fine violins. Mark is a member of the Violin Society of America and competes in their international competitions. He was invited to participate in Oberlin’s acoustics workshop In 2019 and plans to compete again in the 2022 VSA violin making competition.
The Atlas is a Stradivari model combining select details from Antonio’s most famous golden period violins.
Coming Soon! The next violin model being developed is a Del Gesu model. It will feature a one piece back and be available in 2022.
A copy of one of Stradivari’s most famous cello’s. Currently in development and due to be available by the end of 2021
To purchase or commission a violin, and for restoration inquiries, please email me with your interest. Available by appointment only.
Downers Grove, Illinois