Anthony Lane, luthier

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Born in South Side Chicago in 1956 and raised by a working mother, Anthony Lane moved to Cleveland Heights, Ohio when he turned 13. In 1974, Anthony graduated from high school and went to college in Tucson. While in graduate school, he left a promising career in paleo-anthropology in order to pursue a long-held dream to become a violin maker.

In 1979, Lane apprenticed at the Ken Warren School of Violin Making in Chicago and then went to work in Germany as a journeyman. In the fall of 1986, he became a Master Violin Maker.

Upon his return to the United States, Anthony worked as a master journeyman in Los Angeles and later opened his own shop. In 1993, he moved to Northern California with wife, Ruth, a cellist with the San Francisco Opera.

He currently lives on a small ranch outside Petaluma where he works and focuses on building violins, violas, and cellos, as well as the restoration of fine instruments from the past, living his dream of 40 years ago.