About The Fiddle House

About The Fiddle House

Brian received his degree in String Instrument Repair, Violin Specialty in 2000 from the Minnesota State Technical College in Red Wing, MN. He also received his certificate in Violin Building.

In 2000, Brian moved to Nashville to work as a luthier for Fred Carpenter at the legendary Violin Shop. Over the past ten years, Brian has honed his skills and become one of the most in-demand fiddle luthiers in the Nashville area. Brian’s love of music has grown in the appreciation of many different styles. He has played fiddle and mandolin with a multitude of artists spanning many different genres of music. Currently, Brian plays with Grand Ole Opry member Mike Snider in his Old Time String Band.

Brian loves music and appreciates the people that make it. He takes pride in providing a specialized service for his fellow musicians and always strives to do the best work possible.

Brian Christianson received his degree in String Instrument Repair, Violin Specialty in 2000 from the Minnesota State Technical College in Red Wing, MN. He also received his certificate in Violin Building.

In 2000, Brian moved to Nashville to work as a luthier for Fred Carpenter at the legendary Violin Shop. Over the past ten years, Brian has honed his skills and become one of the most in-demand fiddle luthiers in the Nashville area. Brian’s love of music has grown in the appreciation of many different styles. He has played fiddle and mandolin with a multitude of artists spanning many different genres of music. Currently, Brian plays with Grand Ole Opry member Mike Snider in his Old Time String Band.

Brian loves music and appreciates the people that make it. He takes pride in providing a specialized service for his fellow musicians and always strives to do the best work possible.


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Jennifer Halenar is a native of Chattanooga who has been making fiddles here in Nashville since 2004. She began studying violin at the age of seven and fell in love with the idea of becoming a luthier after watching her own first full-sized violin being built by a family friend. The child of artist parents who nurtured her creativity, Jennifer brings a keen appreciation for the beauty of the instrument to the bench, as well as a lifelong devotion to making music.

Jennifer gained her early training in Nashville strings shops such as The Violin Shop, where she met luthier and friend Brian Christianson. Hungry to learn the craft of string instrument repair and making, she found willing teachers at Williams Fine Violins, where she apprenticed for more than two years under John Dailey, a great maker of violins and violas. After John left Nashville for a job at a prestigious Boston shop, Jennifer was forced out of the nest to start building on her own. She has further honed her skills by working with Jonathan Cooper in Portland, Maine, and she attends the Oberlin Violin making workshops presented by the Violin Society of America (VSA) in the summers.

Although Jennifer’s roots are Appalachian, it took moving to Nashville — where she attended Belmont University — to awaken her interest in fiddle music. She now plays fiddle and button accordion locally and around the South in various formations. She is a member of the VSA and founder of The Lushy Luthiers, a monthly social and networking event in Nashville for luthiers and others involved in the string trade.