My Path to Crafting Viols

Warren Shingleton playing instrument


I grew up playing the viola, and have always been surrounded by music and woodworking.

After initial training at the Summit School of Guitar Making in Vancouver, I moved to England to study viol making at West Dean College where I worked for three years under the tutelage of Shem Mackey and Benjamin Hebbert, allowing me to pursue my interest in early music and my passion for the extraordinary woodworking standards of historic instrument makers.

I have made a speciality of copying viols by the Hamburg maker, Joachim Tielke, incorporating all of the decorative elements that make them true works of art as well as very fine musical instruments. I am equally interested in French and German instruments, and have made viols after Henry Jaye, John Rose and Nicolas Bertrand. I particularly welcome commissions that involve fine carving and intricate, ornate decoration.


Outside the workshop, I enjoy an eclectic musical life of viol playing, electric violin and classical viola. I look forward to welcoming you to my workshop in Claremont, California, or meeting you somewhere on the vibrant Early Music circuit.

Warren Shingleton at work in his California workshop


Upcoming Events

Conclave 2015: Summer meeting of the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA)

Where: Emory University - Atlanta, Georgia
When: July 7- Aug 2, 2015

Past Events

If you didn't catch up with me at the recent Boston Early Music Festival Exhibition (June 10-13, 2015) feel free to contact me.