Bruce West

product types: 

  • acoustic guitars
  • classical guitars
  • Cellos
  • Violas
  • violins


Bruce West first introduction to the world of violin making was when he worked for a summer with George Heinl in Toronto as a 12 year old. Bruce's father was the well known violinist Rober West. West later worked to provide tooling for Jean Larrivee - while Larrivee returned the favour by working on a guitar with West at his workshop. Bruce rubbed shoulders with Grit Laskin, Linda Manzer, David Wren and Sergei de Jonge who were all working for Jean Larrivee at the time. Bruce befriended Darryl Williams, a luthier who specialized in making baroque instruments and classical guitars. Bruce worked alongside Darryl and at one point built six guitars for him. At this point in his career he changed over from a dovetail construction to the Spanish one-piece construction that he still uses today. Bruce went on to learn the violin and the viola in the late 1970s - which led to him starting to make violins, violas, cellos and bows.

Source: Bruce West Instruments website (24 September 2021)


Bruce West Instruments