Approach to instrument making
I select extant instruments that I feel best represent the style of craftsmanship and tone of a musical era. Each period of musical history has its own aesthetic that manifests in, among other things, the instruments that were made and played in that period. I feel that the best way to recreate the musicality of an era is to try to capture the spirit rather than the appearance instruments used.
Therefore I don't make slavish copies of instruments. Rather I make instruments that try to capture the inspiration of the original instrument. We will never know exactly how instruments were made in times past.
However, we do know many things about how instruments were made, tools and materials used, etc. By a study of the information available and careful analysis of the music and instruments I feel that we can get close to the original concept of musical instruments.
This is what I attempt to do when making an instrument.