John Montgomery is fully trained in both instrument making and restoration and has been working since 1977 when he began as a Watson Fellow studying Hurdy Gurdy construction in France. He attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah and trained under William Monical in New York City. He has been a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers since 1987. In 1983 he established John Montgomery Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. His instruments continue to be played by professional musicians. Recent instruments include a violoncello based on a 1700 Goffriller, a copy of the 1690 Tuscan-Medici Stradivari viola and violins modeled on works from 1730 by Sanctus Seraphin and Guarneri del Gesu.