George Craske

George Craske was born at Bury St. Edmands, England in the 1790’s. After showing an interest in violinmaking early in life, Craske was sent to London to study with maker William Forster. During his life, he had workshops in many locations, including Manchester. He is known to have repaired the violin of virtuoso Niccolo Paganini in Birmingham. Craske was an incredibly prolific maker, producing over 2,000 instruments in his lifetime. After his death, many of his works fell to W.E. Hill & Sons. As an example, one of our particular instruments by him had a label reading, “Made by George Craske / (born 1797, died 1888) / and sold by / William E. Hill & Sons, London”.