Emma Hardy from Hardy Violins making a violin. Emma Hardy from Hardy Violins making a violin.

Hardy Violins

Based in the historic Portland Works building, Hardy Violins provides repair and making services for violins, violas and cellos by the independent luthier Emma Hardy.

Violin making and repair is a craft that has been passed down from generation to generation over hundreds of years. Her making ethos takes inspiration and guidance from the great makers of the past, but not to be strictly bound by them.

She recently made a violin for the documentary, ‘Folk Who Roam’. Directed by award-winning producer Emma Crome, the film explores the connection between folk music, violin making and the importance of the right to roam in the countryside.

She has recently begun experimenting with using locally sourced woods, and incorporating decorative carvings into her practice. Emma welcomes amateurs and professionals alike into her workshop.

Additional Information

Open during the week by appointment. Booking via website available.

Hardy Violins is based in the historic Portland Works building which is operating a collection of workspaces for traditional and modern craftspeople within one of the UK’s most important historical industrial buildings.