Martin Penning

1993 QEST Scholar - Musical Instrument Making

Martin has been making stringed instruments since 1993, and graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making in 1999. A QEST Scholarship later enabled him to travel to Melbourne, Australia, where he learnt to make double basses. Martin enjoys the process from the draftsmanship side of planning an outline and making a mould through to the artistic application of varnish. He likes to make his own varnish and pigments and handpick his own tonewoods, regularly traveling to suppliers in Germany and England.
Martin’s work is inspired by the Golden Age of violin making – the Venetian and Cremonese makers of the 17th and 18th Century, and the Great London School of Double Bass making during the 1800s. He is keen to bring this classical approach to his work but also wants to make new models to suit the needs of the modern player.