Zack Johnson was born one cold, blizzard night in Great Falls, Montana. Two short years later he up and left for Roseburg, Oregon. He felt a strong draw to Irish fiddle tunes and classical violin music at a young age. Making, building and carving a multitude of various projects filled much of his time growing up. Naturally, the first time he picked up a violin he had to make one. So he sought instruction from a local maker, David Dunn, and completed his first violin. That was enough to get him hooked. He then furthered his instruction at The Violin Making School of America, where he graduated from a few years later. After his school adventures, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked with Certified Master Violin Maker Stephanie Voss at Voss Violins.
But the call of the woods was too strong to resist. He ran back to the great state of Oregon.
If you can’t find him in the woods, he’s in his shop making the best instruments he can. Aside from his craft and playing music he enjoys hiking, bouldering, dancing and his
Spencer Allen Stenquist Spencer Allen Stenquist was a student at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City Utah for
nearly two years before wrist injuries that would not allow him to hold his tools forced him to drop out of the program. Spencer, undeterred spent all of his time reading patents, thesis’s, research papers, and scientific studies toteach himself about the innumerable variations of the physics and chemistry of the potential of instrument varnish. After 8 months his wrists were healed enough to continue working so he cut 200 f-holes in scrap wood to restore his lost tool skill. He worked on his own instruments, 16 century geometry and varnish for several months until Zack Johnson, a friend that Spencer met at a Violin Making Convention in Cleveland Ohio where they developed a deep brotherly bond by throat singing until 5am in a hotel contacted him and asked him to move out to Oregon to work in a Violin Shop.
Quality service and quality work.
Our passion is to make excellent instruments and to help build a musical community that is healthy and strong, bringing richness and color to people living here.
As your luthiers we always try to communicate with you every step of the way, to ensure we can meet your individual needs.
We offer free repair estimates.
Whether you need a major repair or a checkup and cleaning we can take care of your instruments. At the shop we make high-quality handmade instruments. We also have great rentals, excellent repairs, adjustments, a variety of products, and a high quality selection of instruments new and old.