It would be true to say that over the last year, that the fine bespoke craftsmanship Shane adopts to his saws have made them increasingly popular with leading luthiers. Adapting saws to meet their needs, he is able to custom make a saw to do a specific job with accuracy and precision, something of which an off the peg saw just could not do. Back in November last year at the North of England Woodworking Show we met Nigel Crinson, one of the UK’s leading violin makers. Making a special trip to Harrogate just to try out one of our Limited Edition Squire / Peters C1760 reproduction saws, he was blown away not only by its appearance, but by how well it cut. Fast forward 4 months and this week we posted out Nigel’s very own Squire / Peters saw to him and within a few hours of him receiving it we were sent the following pictures of it already put to work – how fantastic! We receive lots of lovely letters and emails from happy customers, but it is so rewarding for Shane when he sees his own handmade creations, being used to full effect and again creating something that is wonderfully handmade like Nigel’s violins. Nigel who studied at the internationally renowned Newark School of Violin Making so too takes much of his inspiration from old master instruments and has many reputable musicians amongst his enviable list of clients. On him requesting personalisation of the saw, we sent the brass back away to the talented Ian Houghton, who hand engraved this in a style that after much discussion between the three of us we are very happy with. After meeting Nigel in Harrogate, I’m sure he won’t mind me telling you that he sent me an in email of which part of it read:
‘At the show the Squire / Peters felt unbelievably homogeneous with my hand and floated like a conductors baton’
How humbling and very apt!
Nigel is currently the violin maker at the highly esteemed makers that is Roger Hansell Violins Ltd, in Leyburn in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.