Jonathan Hill makes stringed musical instruments in his workshop in Deptford, SE London. He specialises in making reproductions of ‘Early’ instruments such as the Viola d’amore, Viol, Violin and Viola, as well as bespoke modern versions, which challenge the instruments traditional use and allow for new directions in contemporary and experimental music.
- Musical Instrument manufacture, repair and set-up
- Marquetry and other decorative wood techniques
- Instrument Commissions
He typically makes to order for professional as well as amateur players and his instruments are sought after and highly praised due to the high level of craftsmanship they exemplify. He has a strong interest in the decorative arts and applies a wide range of decorative techniques to his work to ensure they look as well as sound exceptional.
Jonathan measures and examines historical instruments in collections around the world and uses this information to inform and inspire his new making.
In 2017 he was awarded with a fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to travel to Turkey where he worked with makers in Istanbul in order to learn about traditional techniques relating to the construction of the ‘Oud’, an ancient Turkish/Arabic stringed instrument.
Although new making in the core of Jonathan’s work, he also carries out repair and set-up work and teaches instrument making on the FdA in Historic Craft practices at West Dean College in Sussex.
Jonathan welcomes visitors to his workshop by appointment only.
Trade memberships / Awards / Qualifications
Heritage Crafts Association
Viola d’amore Society Member
Golsoncott Foundation Bursary
Harriets’ Trust/Cockpit Arts Craft Award
Studio 308, Cockpit Arts, 18-22 Creekside, Deptford, London, SE8 3DZ
Telephone: 07907 749850