About Narelle Freeman
Narelle is a luthier who uses traditional hand-crafting methods to make and restore musical instruments, and where ever possible she uses locally sourced tonewoods. Narelle moved to beautiful Cumbria in 2014 and established Reiver Instruments to focus on wooden stringed instruments from violins to double basses, acoustic, arch top, classical and electric guitars, mandolins, ukes, lutes, bouzoukis and cuatros. 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.