Meet the Makers

Thomas & Barbara Wolf

Thomas and Barbara Wolf have made reproductions of historical keyboard instruments since 1969 and established their own workshop in 1975. The Wolfs make a wide variety of clavichords, harpsichords, fortepianos, violones, and basses. Their instruments are heard in many concerts and recordings and their restoration work can be found in the collections of several museums. In addition to building and renting instruments, they provide tuning and technical services for historic keyboard instruments, and setups and repairs for stringed instruments.


Professional Su-purr-visor and Bass Case Inspector

Jacob Stone Pembelton

Jacob Pembelton specializes in the building and repair of the double bass. Having trained part-time under Thomas Wolf for a number of years, he is thrilled to be back in the Wolf shop full-time after completing his master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Iowa. His first double bass was finished in the summer of 2021 and is now playing around New York City. His second instrument, modeled after a 1795 Pietro Pallotta instrument will be available upon its completion. 

Both an upright and electric bass player, Jacob frequently freelances in the Northern Virginia area.