Out of my studio in Monroe, Oregon, I am currently building several different models of violins, 5 string violins, violas, cellos, and bass.
Jonathan S. Franke began his career in violin making in 1985. After many years as a Master Tool and Die Maker, he started to focus his skills and experience on the task of building quality violin family instruments. His background as a skilled master craftsman has proven to be a great asset in the art of violin making. Each of his instruments is created with the goal of being true to the best of the Cremonese (Italian) tradition.
Jonathan has won numerous awards for workmanship and tone over the years.
He finds the competition a useful tool
to keep his skills honed.
In 1992, Jonathan moved to Monroe, Oregon, where he opened his present shop. He builds violin family instruments full time from a hill-top shop overlooking the Willamette Valley.