Jedidjah de Vries

I make and repair violins, violas, & cellos.

I have been playing the violin since I was a young child. And while I enjoy playing, it was always the violin’s sound that really attracted me to the instrument. I was captivated by the seemingly magical relationship between the music in my ears and the beautiful object in my hand. That magic is the result of the violin’s ingenious design, it’s rich history, and the fine materials and craftsmanship that go into its creation.

I see myself as a tool maker. That’s why I particular enjoy collaborating with musicians to fine tune their instruments. My goal is to combine physics, history, and craft into the best possible tool I can for the musician and for the music.

I am a graduate of the North Bennet St. School’s Violin Making and Repair program, where I studied under master luthier Roman Barnas. I have also had the opportunity to participate in the renowned Hans Nebel’s set-up and repair workshop, and have attended the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop.

I currently divide my time between the Metzler Violin Shop, where I focus on set-up and repairs, and my own workshop, where I focus on new instrument making.

Jedidjah inspecting violin f-holes