Luthiery is my life.
Even when I'm not in my lab, my head is always there.
It's a fire that burns in my veins since 2011: as soon as I finished high school I became a student at the School for Master Luthiers and Bowmakers in Gubbio, where I learned the basics and started practicing my craftmanship on violins. After that, I attended various workshops and masterclasses (the latest was held by Dana Bourgeois, Michael Greenfield and Ken Parker) in order to perfect my skills. I still do, because there's always room for improvement, no finishing point.
This is a one man business: I'm the guy who replies to your mails, who brainstorms with you the creation of a new piece, who chooses the best materials around. I'm also the only one that builds your instrument, and with that I mean that I don't use CNCs. I think the beauty of luthiery is in the handwork, the sweat, (sometimes) the blood and more than everything else, in knowing that every instrument is irreplaceable and inimitable.
Yes, I'm a bit old school in this regard.
Last but not least, I made the ethical choice to not use animal parts whenever possible, and for every instrument built there's a tree ready to be planted, either by myself or through other channels.
- Luca Battistoni