Laura Wallace


The daughter of a woodworker, I grew up watching the transformation of tree by hand and tool. I began playing the violin as a child and developed a deep love not only for the music, but for the instrument itself. It was a natural fit to combine my love of woodworking and music and pursue a career in violin making. After a brief detour earning a biology degree at the University of Victoria, I met Kim Tipper, a restorer and maker of violins. Kim is renowned for his impeccable set-up and attention to detail. I became his full-time apprentice in 2006. I studied with Kim in all areas of violin repair, restoration and bow rehairing. A few years into my apprenticeship I began building my first violin. I now divide my time between restoring old violins and building new ones. I am inspired by the natural beauty and expansiveness outside my shop where I live at the edge of the wilderness on the Sunshine Coast of BC.


Brigitte Ouellet

shop assistant & rental manager

I have been playing violin since I was five years old. I’ve played in bands across the country and now teach fiddle. I’m a trained forest technologist and almost through my degree in environmental planning. I’ve settled on the Sunshine Coast where I commute to the shop on a forest trail and am lucky to play a custom 5-string Wallace violin.