In 2005 Ernest opened Davenport Violin
& Bow. He acquires instruments for restoration and resale
and performs repairs for local customers, as well as for
other violin shops in the Pacific Northwest.
working one on one with all levels of musicians to meet their
committed to continuing his careful study of restorative
techniques so that he can perform the best possible repairs
for his customers.
From 1997 until 2005 Ernest worked at Lundin's Violins.
While at Lundin's, he received his initial training in
bowed instrument set
up and repair from Jim Kytonen, and bow rehairing from Tim Barber.
Prior to and during his
training in violin and bow repair at Lundin's, Ernest
completed the Roberto Venn
instrument building and repair course in Phoenix, Arizona, violin and
bow building workshops at Bernard Michaudís mill in Fertans,
France (Bois de Lutherie), and summer violin repair
workshops with Horst Kloss at the University of New
honing the necessary skills for high end repairs as well as
insights into building.