who are we?Our approach
Passionate about music and also the ancient spirituality Julian has been immersed in music since a child. First the piano, then the guitar and finally and overall the lyre, the instrument that he won’t stop talking to you about, it is his unending passion and energy for music that characterises Julian.
As for Audrey, she has been immersed from a very young age to the traditional culture of Brittany the swinging rhythms of the fest-noz’s (ceilidh's) this tireless dancer brings to the workshop not only her artistic and musical talents but she also creates a great atmosphere.
To each person their own method and to each method their own instrument.
Since time in memoriam instruments have always been adapted to a need and their functions respond to the criterion of a language,to a repertoire,to a style and above all to the person who is going to play the instrument.
Above all with reference to the individual this approach later influenced mass production demanding that people adapted their methods to an instrument very often made to common standards.
Faithful to the old approach, the politic of l’Atelier Skald doesn’t just come down to making an instrument but more like making your own instrument and adapting it for yourself to be a future companion every step of the way. In this spirit we make each instrument for each and everyone as a unique order, living up to the expectations of every concert performer, different reenactors, story tellers and also to every museum or all other studied methods case by case in order to produce an instrument nearest to the person's requirements ( Except the Basic collection which can occasionally provide instruments that are available immediately.)
History of instruments
We are committed to developing a methodology and protocol that allows us to collect information at source.
To reconstruct the instrument with the tools we have forged and use materials that were present in the country at that time and revealed in particularly by the work of palaeontologists. Finally the techniques that we find through experimenting that will obtain an instrument closest to the archaeological reality.
Historical Instruments with Adaptations
Between History and Modernity
Keeping in mind that in every age, music has always been at the peak of its time, we listen to the musicians and do not hesitate to adapt the historical instruments to their needs. Electro-acoustic amplification, metal dowels, nylon or metal strings, or an adaptation of the design in accordance with the world of the artist is important to us and it is our one rule to remain faithful to the spirit of the instrument.
Concepts and unique pieces
To understand where we come from is fundamental, but we must not forget to look to the future when we design musical instruments.
Often inspired by works of literature (Tolkien, Lovecraft etc. ..) these creations are original concepts developed by Atelier Skald. With its experience of studying ancient instruments, our workshop is here to give free rein to its creative spirit and and offers the meeting of the world of legend with these prestigious instruments made in small numbers.