Colin Grainger

Colin Grainger

Biography

Born in 1934, Colin started working in 1977, initially in Bedhampton, Hampshire, under the tutelage of Malcom Combes. Colin's first violin gained a Certificate of Merit at the Facta Britannia violin making exposition. Colin is strictly traditional in his approach, working from Stradivari patterns. His early instruments were light in colour, with slightly thick, lustrous varnish; but later violins are darker, the varnish apparently thinner, albeit showing the same or greater perfectionism. Colin moved to Ireland in May 1998 and has continued making, having recently finished his thirtieth instrument. He now lives at Lisfennel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.