Creating art and music; applying mathematics and physics; understanding sound waves and resonance; selecting and crafting raw wood; mastering hand tools; cooking organic glues; and preparing and applying centuries-old polishes and varnishes... Making entirely hand-crafted instruments is a journey of understanding and creation. Unfortunately it is a dying art in today's fast pace.
name is Karim Hourani, and I was born in Beirut, Lebanon in May 1987. My grandfather from my mother's side was an oud player and a singer. My father and his father were accomplished
leather craftsmen, custom making and repairing leather shoes, bags, and cases
for over 50 years.
I graduated with a degree in business
management, and worked for several years in professional translation. I started
looking for an instrument making teacher when I turned 21, but my attempts were
unfruitful. At 25, I took the aware decision that I want to become a luthier.
My partner Sara and I planned, saved money, moved to Vancouver, Canada,
where she enrolled in Douglas College music program and I was lucky enough to
meet and study under Maestro Geza Burghardt, for without him, things would have
never been what they are now. I studied violin family
repair and restoration for two and a half years, french polish and varnish
cooking and application, and currently studying violin and classical guitar
construction with the same teacher.
I find utmost gratification reviving and hearing a once-destroyed instrument or living for several weeks with a few pieces of wood building an instrument.