Since 2006, she worked with Guy Harrison in Ottawa, involved in both making and restoration, then started making instruments in her own shop in 2012 – honouring the best of the traditions passed down to her by rigorously ascribing to high standards and striving for constant improvement. Charline was awarded the Double Certificate of Merit (Tone and Workmanship) for a cello presented at the 23rd International Competition of the Violin Society of America in 2018. She recently started a full-time position doing high-level restoration work at the prestigious Reuning & Son Violins shop in Boston.
Charline believes that each artisan must continually develop the skills necessary to their individual art – including hand skills, careful observation, studying instruments and their makers, geometric layouts, mechanical and acoustic physics, and the chemistry of varnish. “I’m always learning,” she says. “The violin is a complex instrument, and new ideas are always coming out. For instance, in acoustics, there is a lot of interesting work being done to understand the sound of the violin, how it works, what impacts the sound.” She also took part in the 3D String Theory Project by the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. The multidisciplinary project involved the production of a 3D printed ‘’viola da braccio,’’ as well as the composition of a musical piece for the instrument.
“I really enjoy my work,” Charline says, “especially the process of exploration and development that occurs when I’m at my bench. I never get bored. It’s so easy to lose track of time when you’re engrossed in your craft.”