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Worcestershire Arts Trail - East
William Piper - Violin Maker

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William Piper    Violins

Description: Violin Maker and Repairer. 500 instruments made and sold, over 45 years experience.  Antique instruments bought and sold. Free valuations, internationally renowned craftsman. 

Address: Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury Road, Hanbury B60 4BU

Tel: 01527 821181 

Email: 

Website:  www.jinneyring.co.uk

How to find me: Find me at: Jinney Ring Craft Centre. On the B4091 between Bromsgrove and Droitwich, use B60 4BT on SatNav locator.way along on the left where a warm welcome awaits.

Access & Facilities: Wheelchair Access, Parking, Toilets, Dogs Welcome, Refreshments, Children Welcome

Additional artist information: William Piper (Bill)  is a master violinmaker who has been making instruments all of his working life.  Over 50 years he has made and sold 600 Violins, Violas and Cellos.  He carries out repairs to all quailities of intruments and re-hairs bows. William will also give free information and valuation on any instrument presented.

His workshop at the Jinney Ring is a hive of activity building bespoke violins, violas and cellos, and producing instruments bound for the concert platform. William's violins are typically bought for promising music students, those going from Grade V to Grade VIII, with the opportunity to follow the making progress of an instrument being made for them. One young owner Johanna Lucas won the young musician of the year 2006 in Worcestershire.

William's work is influenced by the great violin makers of the past - Stradivari and Guarneri, he is well known as a "copyist", making instruments which look antique.  The door of William's workshop is always open. Far from the reclusive craftsman one might expect, he is always ready to chat knowledgeably and amusingly to his visitors.

So if you know a budding young Nigel Kennedy - who incidentally owns one of William's cellos - come and have a chat with William.

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