South Thames College
RAB Award 2017
Russell Berliner was awarded some money to help him developing as a violin repairer and restorer.
I would like to thank the RAB Trust for the generous award for funding to cover the purchase of of the Weisshaar book and a peg shaper. The book has been inspirational and has given me the confidence to try different repairs and approach restorations from different perspectives. It really is an invaluable reference; it will help to further my career and is already an integral reference in the workshop.
In my final year of college, I was starting to worry about the tools I would need to continue with my progression. There are only so many jigs and tools you can make yourself, the RAB Trust have really helped, thank you again!
I am currently working on building my own workshop, spending time learning from a retired local luthier and taking on as many repairs and restorations as I am currently able to do. It is amazing how quickly a backlog can build up for the longer jobs! My wife has been learning bow making, repairs and fine finishing for some time, our aim is to establish ourselves in the local area as a family business.”