Despite having made hundreds of instruments, I’ve never made the same instrument twice. I constantly experiment with both structure and aesthetics. Whilst the “look” of the work changes from one year to the next, it’s all recognisably “Forster.”

My preference is for work that isn’t flashy or vulgar and design that is familiar, sober, yet contemporary. Inlay work has never interested me – these materials are sufficient luxury in themselves. Neither do I bother with a lot of modern fashions – a good instrument is a simple instrument, and I concentrate my efforts on what matters – sound and playability.