Karim Hourani Luthiery

Violin Family Repair and Restoration

Biography 

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. 

    

My 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.