James Ham Luthier is  dedicated to the repair, restoration and new construction of violin family instruments and bows.  A member of the prestigious American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers, he began his career in 1972 as a repairman and honed his skills by working on thousands of instruments. These skills were acquired mostly by self tutelage but two key mentors are bowmaker Francis Rutherford and violinmaker Raymond Schryer.

In 1972, Mr. Ham relocated with some friends to Victoria, BC in order to open an instrument repair shop – “Old Town Strings.” The shop still exists, although he is no longer actively involved with the business and prefers to work out of his private shop, which is also located in Victoria, BC.

Owned In: British Columbia


Last Updated July 5, 2021

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1755 Taylor Street, Victoria, BC, V8R 3E8


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