Reiver Instruments - Traditional Luthiers

Our Approach

At Reiver Instruments we hand craft stringed instruments using traditional methods and materials and where ever possible we try to source local tonewoods. The back of the inlaid cello you can see in our gallery is carved from Mid-Lothian sycamore.

All timber is chosen by the player to create the instrument of their dreams that sounds, looks and plays just as they want it.

Reiver Instruments - Luthiers

Our Story

Narelle Freeman came to sunny Cumbria in 2014 and established Reiver Instruments.

Based about half way between Carlisle and Penrith in Cumbria, Reiver Instruments' workshop is a home for the traditional methods of making of a range of acoustic stringed instruments, including both the orchestral stringed instrument family, and acoustic, classical and archtop guitars.

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About Narelle Freeman

Narelle has been a luthier for a bit over two decades and began by volunteering as an apprentice in a violin shop back home in Australia. She graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making in 2002, has taught violin making and repair at Chapel Violins and the Newark School, and was a Trustee for the Rowan Armour-Brown Trust. Narelle is a member of the British Violin Makers Association, Eden Valley Artistic Network, Guild of American Luthiers, the Galpin Society  for the study of musical instruments and a professional member of the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers.

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Latest News

In the June edition of The Strad magazine, Peter Somerford wrote an article in the 'On the beat' section (pp 12-13) where he discussed The Ebony Project and had quoted Narelle regarding how important players are in driving the market.

Also coming up is Narelle's article in the BVMA newsletter on the same issue, but with a discussion on how we as makers can use our purchasing power to save endangered species.

Have the guitar of your dreams made to your spec...

If you are like me, you dream of owning all sorts of guitars, but haven't found 'the one' ?

You can have a guitar hand-made to your specifications made from pieces of timber that you have chosen. It is a great way to get that guitar of your dreams. Even if you just want to have a chat just to get an idea of how it might work then please do drop me an email - I'm Australian so I'm very approachable and everything is 'no worries'!