Handcrafted Violins, Guitars and Other Stringed Instruments by 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 my website, click here. The photo gallery will offer photos of some of my finished instruments, or see 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 further inquiries, please email or click here for more ordering information.
Click here if interested in my book and CD, The Fiddletree, or my collection of fiddle tunes.


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2009 Celtic Colours International Festival presents, The Fiddle Tree








Otis Video 1

Short piece of Otis on the site of the Maple Tree


Our Address:

St Ann's Bay cape breton island


46.21215507904014, -60.604119072817355