Michael began his career in woodworking in the mid-â90s as a furniture and cabinet maker. With a deep love of music and a desire to practice a more traditional craft, he eventually turned to violin making. He began an apprenticeship in the workshop of Francis Morris, where he stayed for eleven years. Michael has also taken advantage of numerous short-term training opportunities with recognized masters, and he has developed relationships with some of todayâs finest living makers.
Michael was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Tone at the 2018 International Competition held by the Violin Society of America. He has taught violin set up and continues to teach varnishing at the University of New Hampshire Violin Craftsmanship Institute. He is a co-founder of Temple Violins in Hudson, NY.