Juliet Barker makes exquisite stringed instruments. She is a craftswoman. She has been designing and hand-making violins, violas, cellos and the occasional double bass since 1954. This film is a beautiful little insight into her process, a few moments in her life.
Despite her talent and experience, she has never been driven to change the traditional principles of the profession. She believes that violin makers do not have to be innovators. To her, the original design that has been faithfully reproduced for centuries is so beautiful and effective that it cannot be improved. She makes her mark through subtle changes to the classical style. There is a lot to be learnt from this thinking.
This story was brought to life by GF Smith, the British fine paper supplier.