Contact Philip

Call 0422 945 752 

or email

Kellys Steps
Battery Point, TAS, 7004

+61 (0) 422945752

Philip Smith is a master maker of stringed instruments and their bows. A master of refined artistry and exquisite tones from his master crafted bows and instruments. One of Australia's finest luthiers!





Philip Smith

Blog - Philip Smith Luthier 

Violin Viola Cello Double Bass and their bows

Luthier Archetier 

Tasmanian Australia

Happy New Year!

Philip Smith

2013 has kicked off and now that the festivities are over, and I am fully installed in my new atelier (with deck) the working year is all go already.

Violin number 17 is almost finished. This instrument will be off to its new home in Queensland for predominantly folk stylings very soon. The heat we have been experiencing, has provided good varnish drying weather, but has wreaked havoc in the form of bush fires all over our island. Sympathies to all those who have suffered loss in this catastrophe. If anyone would like to join me in contributing to the appeal, donations can be made here.

Number 17 is a my version of a the Kruse Stadivarius model 1721. The violin will be sporting geared pegs and an asymmetrical tailpiece, both resulting in improved sound quality. 

My next commission is an exciting one -  a viola, my second to be commissioned by a violist in the TSO. Philip Smith viola's will make up 2 out of the 5 viola's in the TSO,when this viola is completed. The instrument has been commissioned with assistance from Arts Tasmania and our Premier sent a note to the player mentioning how wonderful it was to have a maker in Tasmania who can provide quality instruments to the TSO - it was very encouraging and I was well chuffed to hear it. 

Philip Smith Luthier is Moving!

Philip Smith

Dear Friends, 

I have exciting news. After 10 years, I have finally burst out of the little shop in St John Street. I am moving to a bigger and better, purpose built atelier in South Launceston with more than enough room to swing a cat.

Nothing will change apart from the address, there is now no landline number and the coffee will be made on the premises rather than bought from the great cafe down the road. 

The move is going ahead tomorrow so by next week, Monday 3 December. I will be ready to receive customers and to show off the new Philip Smith Luthier atelier. 

Please call for an appointment on 0422 945 752 or email me at


Kind regards,

Philip Smith Luthier
Violin Viola Cello Double Bass 

South Launceston
Mobile 0422 945 752


Philip Smith

It has been a long time between posts, hasn't it? I have been up to my ears in some very interesting and challenging work which I plan to update you with over the next few posts. The most exciting news I have to tell you is that I am having a new workshop, or atelier, as I prefer it to be known, built for me. The work is progressing fast and as it gets closer the excitement is building. This space will be a lot bigger than my little shop, (which is not difficult, as many of you know, my shop is approximately the size of a postage stamp). The new space will have lots of natural light, proper insulation and the opportunity for my customers to make appointmetnts to visit and receive my undivided attention without interruption by random drops-ins trying to convince me to change my name to Stradivarius. I won't miss the other random interruptions from off-chance passers by that are always right in the middle of  things like a delicate gluing or varnishing processes. You wouldn't believe the number of people who drop in just to enquire, with incredulous looks on their faces, as to whether or not I could possibly make any money out of this work. Very encouraging!

I have been in my little shop at the "Paris end of St John St" for ten years, almost, and it has been sad to see this building bought by a developer with little sympathy for the heritage of the building. The recent redevelopment has changed the old and quirky character of this block and diminished the space available for my work and so it seems like the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet and move to a new and bigger space.  I'll miss the neighbours though, Graham the horologist, the Milkbar guys who have fed and kept me in coffee for the last few months and the other interesting and diverse small business owners that operate on this end of the street.

I am yet to set the date for the move but will post it here and contatc all my customers once that has been confirmed.

Meanwhile the Philip Smith Luthier atelier progresses and I am looking forward to working and welcoming you there. Here are some pics of the work so far.