Jonathan Hill – luthier

10th February 2023  |  ALUMNI | AWARD WINNERS

Jonathan Hill – luthier

Winner of the 2022 Heritage Crafts / Axminster Tools Woodworker of the Year Award

Jonathan Hill and Alan StylesLondon based luthier Jonathan Hill has won the inaugural Woodworker of the Year Award sponsored by Axminster Tools, including a £2,000 prize and trophy awarded at a special presentation at the House of Lords on Monday 30 January 2023.

This new award sponsored by Axminster Tools celebrates a heritage craftsperson who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of woodworking over the past year. It recognises a contribution that is far beyond the ordinary, based on a proven dedication to a particular woodworking skill.

Jonathan is a maker of historic and modern stringed instruments including the viola d’amore, lira da braccio, violin and viola families. Following training at West Dean College, he worked for a master violin maker in Yorkshire, and studied instrument making in Turkey with a master traditional oud maker. Many of Jonathan’s clients are from leading orchestras and ensembles worldwide, including The Kreutzer Quartet, BBC Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Rietveld Ensemble and Musica Alchemica. He is the only maker in the UK specialising in Violas d’amore and has now made more consecutive instruments than any other maker, living and historically.

Global suppliers of woodworking tools and machinery, Axminster Tools has spent 50 years building their family business into the renowned organisation it is today. Working together with makers and creators at all levels, from trade professionals through to craft enthusiasts, their commitment to supporting woodworking skills fits perfectly with the ethos of Heritage Crafts.

Photo: Jonathan Hill, Heritage Crafts / Axminster Tools Woodworker of the Year winner 2022, with Alan Styles, Managing Director of Axminster Tools