Helmut's musical journey began with guitar lessons at the age of ten in Germany.
After years of performing, both solo and with acoustic Bands, he added Fiddle and Banjo.
His interest in woodworking led to a four year apprenticeship at a Violinmakers' Workshop.
Travelling on he finally arrived in England where he has made and repaired instruments since 1985.
Grindleford is situated on the Sheffield to Manchester Railway Line.