Individually Crafted

Violins and Guitars


Otis A. Tomas


For the last thirty years, I have been working as a violin and guitar maker at my home here in the hills above St. Ann's Bay on Cape Breton Island in Canada's Nova Scotia. Although I specialize primarily in violins and secondarily in guitars, I have on occasion also turned my hand to mandolins, harps, and various other stringed instruments.

My instruments are all individually crafted, one at a time, with care and respect -- based on original designs, but built with an eye to the deep traditions that inform the luthier's art.

To explore this site, click on one of the links at the bottom of the page. The Photo Gallery will offer photos of some of my finished instruments. The other links will provide a "behind the scenes" tour of my workshop. The section titled "Reflections" will present a few personal thoughts on lutherie and how I view my work.

For those interested in my book and CD, The Fiddletree, or my collection of fiddle tunes, please click here: Books and Music

For further inquiries, you may contact me by clicking on the e-mail link below; or click here for ordering information.



(Portrait by Jan Gyorfi)


Gallery | The_Drawing_Board | The_Woodpile | The Workbench | The_Varnish_Room | Reflections | Ordering_Information

Books and Music