Craig's ViolinsBiography of Craig Walker
In 1985 I moved to New York City (Brooklyn) working as a volunteer minister for a religious institution. There I had the opportunity to play Broadway musical tunes in a ensemble, fiddle tunes in a bluegrass band and classical repertoire in a quartet.
In 1990 I had the opportunity to purchase a few antique violins that were restoration projects. I did a lot of research on the subject and set out to learn all I could from the violin makers and restorers in New York City. William Monical was a inspiration to me. His specialty is restoring and making copies of Viols from the Baroque period – earlier ancestors of the violin. He has a real passion for studying the history of old bowed stringed instruments, and has been hired to appraise collections for the Smithsonian and other institutions.