I am a violin maker living in Anchorage, Alaska. My name is John Osnes.
As of this year I have completed 63 celli, 137 violins, and 53 violas. I have also built several guitars, two mandolins, two Viol da Gamba and various other musical instruments.
I grew up in Everett, Washington, learning to play the violin at an early age. In 1976, I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Chemical Engineering and stayed in that field for only two years, before switching to instrument making. At present I operate my shop in Anchorage by day and play violin in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Opera, and other groups by night.