Traditional tools instrumental in Peter’s music-making craft

HANDCRAFTED: Peter Reid showcases the skills required to create a traditional violin at Bathurst's Artisan Trades Trail. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK
HANDCRAFTED: Peter Reid showcases the skills required to create a traditional violin at Bathurst's Artisan Trades Trail. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

VIOLIN maker Peter Reid had the opportunity to take his craft to a new audience when he was invited to attend Bathurst's Artisan Trades Trail.

The event was held as part of Bathurst's Heritage Week as a way to celebrate and keep alive the crafts of old.

Mr Reid, who owns Sophia's Strings with his wife, was humbled to be asked to demonstrate his craft. 

“The fact that we were recommended and then invited is a pretty honourable thing, considering the people who were there and how highly skilled they were,” he said.

Mr Reid endeavours to make his violins using as many classical techniques as possible.

"Everything is done as much as possible with hand tools," he said.

A violin takes about 120 hours to make.

He was taught the craft in 1988 by a elderly Czech man he worked with while living in the Blue Mountains before moving to Orange, where he repaired instruments.

It wasn't until 2007 that he started making his own instruments and he has since produced more than 50.

For more information on Mr Reid and his services, visit www.sophiasstrings.com.au.