My Space: Benedict Puglisi, Melbourne, Australia

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A peek into lutherie workshops around the world with The Strad. From the May 2018 issue [click + to zoom]

I established this workshop in 1995. I moved into the first-floor flat in 1982 when I was 17 and the downstairs was taken up by a delicatessen (the building was created in 1880 as a butcher’s shop). When the owners moved out, I turned it into a workshop specialising in cellos and double basses, and eventually bought the building from them.

It’s 66 sq m, the perfect size to work on multiple large instruments at the same time, and since it looks just like a normal-sized shop from the front, visitors often have a shock when they see how far back it goes…

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