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Repairs and Restorations
The newest member of the LRVS family, Omobono, is named for the younger of Antonio Stradivari's two sons. Interestingly, Stardivari named his son after Saint Homobonus, the patron saint of business people and his hometown, Cremona, Italy. Like his big sister, "Omo" is also a chocolate, long-haired miniature dachshund.
Truffles is LRVS's original shop dog. A long-haired miniature dachshund, Truffles is the shop's official greeter and guard dog, announcing each customer's arrival with a loud barking "Hello!"
Bookkeeper and sales associate, Rachel Herman began her violin studies in Greensboro, NC at the age of seven. In 2005, she moved to Arkansas where she continued to study violin. Formerly a member of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, Rachel served as concertmaster for two years. In 2010, she competed and won the Strings Division of the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition. Rachel has played with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, Conway Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Little Rock String Quartet and Duo DeNovo. Additionally, she maintains a private teaching studio at Blackbird Academy of Arts. A senior at the UALR, Rachel is working toward completing a BA in Music and a minor in Finance. She currently studies violin with Meredith Maddox Hicks.
Joshua Wheeler has worked as an apprentice at the Little Rock Violin Shop since 2013, but has been creating and repairing woodcraft, electronics, and mechanical tools since he was very young. An accomplished violinist and violist, Joshua also finds time for CrossFit, computing, camping, and designing innovative toys for his younger brothers and sisters. Joshua is a 2015 homeschool graduate and intends to pursue a career as a luthier. He lives in Pottsville, Arkansas with his parents and six brothers and sisters.
Jessica Henard is the rental accounts manager and handles general sales in the shop. Jessica began playing the violin when she was 11 years old and is now a member of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. She enjoys playing chamber music with friends, and has participated in the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival.
All instrument repairs are performed with precision by luthier, Wesley Rule. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Wesley learned the organ building trade from his father and grandfather. In 2009, he left the family business to study violin making at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City. While there, Wesley received all available scholarships, was the first student to ever complete the school's violin restoration course, and made seven violins and one cello, many of which are for sale through LRVS. Wesley participated in the Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop in 2012 and began working at LRVS the same year. He possesses great technical skill and high standards. He works hard to ensure all instruments leave his bench playing and sounding their best.
Bow repairs and restorations are performed by Little Rock Violin Shop owner, Joe Joyner. Joe began his career at the Lisle Violin Shop, working part time while a student at the University of Houston. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in viola performance, he went to the Bow Making School of America where he completed a four month restoration course with master French bow maker Jean Grunberger. In 2007, after a few years working as a full-time bow repairman at the Lisle Shop, Joe moved back to his hometown to start the Little Rock Bow Shop (now LRVS). He participated in the Oberlin Bow Restoration Workshop in 2012 and 2015 and is a member of the Violin Society of America. Joe also plays viola in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Little Rock String Quartet. Meticulous by nature, Joe enjoys the intricacies of bow work. His goal is to make bows work for the player while preserving and restoring them for future generations.
Meet Our Staff