Master Luthier Tomáš Skála sen.
Born 8/23/1970 in Mladá Boleslav.
In 1990 he started working for the largest producer of musical instruments in the region in Cremona Luby.
At the turn of the millenium he passed the aprobatory exams in the atelier of Tomáš Pilař in Hradec Králové and thus became a member of the association of professional violinmakers “Kruh Umělců Houslařů”. This association unites some forty best violin makers in the Czech Republic. Now he can as well be titled "Master Luthier".
Expert in the field of economics - the cost estimates and valuation of stringed musical instruments
Kruh umělců houslařů
Master luthier Tomáš Skála was exhibiting his instruments at international exhibitions in Germany and Holland and also took part in competitions in Mittenwald, Germany and in Utah, USA. His instruments are best known for their tonal qualities and for excellent craftsmanship. His construction is based on classical Guarneri and Stradivari models.
History of Luby u Chebu
The former Schönbach, todays Luby, lies in a territory previously called “the surrounding forrest” or “Lubský újezd”. First settlements of this area can be dated between 1100 and 1140.
In the year 1319 the german king Ludwig IV. the Bavarian allows the abbot Johanm III. to make the village a town with the same rights as the close-by town Eger (Cheb). The tradition of violinmaking in Luby most probably started as early as the late 16th century. With the development of mining in Horní Luby, not only miners were comming to town, but also musicians. Making musical instruments was a side income in times of low profits from mining. This era however is not documented as the town with its archive was destroyed in a fire...