Making in the heart of the community
Music and woodworking have been part of Garth Lee’s life for as long as he can remember. He played piano and trumpet and wanted to play the violin as a child, but there were no violin teachers where he grew up. So he gravitated to woodworking and stayed involved in music and continues to sing in a choir. “I have always thought of violin making as the ultimate woodworking goal,” Garth says.
He trained at the prestigious Newark School of Violin Making, studying violins, violas, and cellos from the workshops of Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, and others. After graduating with Distinction, he worked in partnership with his instructors for a few years before establishing Garth Lee Strings in Winnipeg in 2008. There he quickly gained the attention and respect of the community of professional string players and the wider community.