Sally cannot remember a time when music and woodworking were not a part of her life. As a young girl, her mom shuttled her to and from violin lessons while her dad taught her basic carpentry. Later, while getting a music degree from Carleton College, she developed an interest in violinmaking and began visiting the shop of a local luthier. He eventually tired of her just standing around and handed her a block plane. Before long, she had made a viola under his tutelage.
In 2002, Sally gained entry into the world-renowned Newark School of Violinmaking in Nottinghamshire, England, where she studied violinmaking, varnish and restoration. She also spent time in the workshops of Reuning and Son, Christophe Landon, and Damien Merrer.Three years later, Sally returned to her home state of North Carolina to work as a restorer for Triangle Strings. In addition to fine restoration work, she continues to build new instruments for a growing clientele out of a studio in her home. Creating beautiful tone and optimal playability are the mainstays of her work. A regular attendee of the Violin Society of America’s summer intensive at Oberlin College, Sally has had the opportunity to work and exchange ideas with respected luthiers from all over the world.
Sally enjoys gardening, baking, spending time with her husband and 2 children, and performing with her two groups ‘Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes’ and ‘Little Root’.
After years of dedication at the Triangle Strings workshop Sally moved to Atlanta, GA with her husbands job and now works at Beau Vinci Violins in Marietta.