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Narelle Freeman

At Reiver Instruments we hand craft stringed instruments using traditional methods and materials and where ever possible we try to source local tonewoods.

We also work hard to make sure that every instrument brought to our workshop experiences the same level of professional care so it can achieve its full potential in tone and playability.

Narelle Freeman came to sunny Cumbria in 2014 and established Reiver Instruments.

Based about half way between Carlisle and Penrith in Cumbria, Reiver Instruments is home to the making and repairing of a range of stringed instruments.

Narelle has been a luthier for a bit over two decades and began by volunteering as an apprentice luthier in a violin shop back home in Australia. She graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making in 2002 and her love for guitars broadened her professional lutherie.

She is a member of the British Violin Makers Association (BVMA) and the Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN).

“Working with instruments and musicians in this beautiful (although a little cold) part of the world is my dream job and I hope to keep making into my 90s just like Strad!”

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