In 2005 Ernest opened Davenport Violin
& Bow. He acquires instruments for repair and resale,
as well as performing repairs for customers and
subcontracting work from other shops, including Paul
Schuback in Portland and Bischofberger Violins in Seattle.
working one on one with all levels of musicians to meet their
individual needs in caring for their instruments.
Ernest worked at Lundin's Violins in
what is now Spokane Valley from 1997 until 2005, when
Lundin's relocated to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It was
during this time while at Lundin's that he received his initial training in
bowed instrument set
up and repair from Jim Kytonen, and bow rehairing from Tim Barber.
As well, 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 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
Hampshire. Currently, Ernest frequents the
Schuback workshop receiving individual instruction
honing the necessary skills for high end repairs as well as
insights into building.
Ernest is committed to continuing his careful study of
violin repair techniques so that he can perform the best
possible repairs for his customers.