Murray Kuun – The Short Story
Born just 7 years after the end of WW2. Dad an accountant, with mom being the more creative parent. I designed and made my first “piece” at age 6, a bedside lamp. it was clear then that I would follow a creative path through my life. At school, my best subjects were technical drawing and woodwork. It was also clear that I would not be content with run-of-the-mill designs.
After school I worked as a cartographical draftsman for 10years, During this time I did woodwork as a hobby only but in1982 I started a full time furniture design and manufacture business which ran for 35 odd years. I designed mostly very avantgarde furniture. From a very early age, music was a very big part of my life, starting in the 1950’s with Elvis and his contemporaries. The Beatles were my biggest influence in the 60’s and early 70’sGoing on to discover jazz and classical music a few years later. I have been fortunate to have owned only high quality audio systems and have always judged music by the absolute sound. That is, the sound of live unamplified instruments in concert.
During my time as a furniture designer I dabbled in the design and making of musical instruments, circa 1995. My first ever instrument was a violin – my favourite instrument. Not long after this I moved to instrument making full time. It became clear early on that I would never be content making the same instrument over and over so I began designing violins of my own design. Not necessarily to improve the sound (I consider the violin to be almost perfect) only to provide an alternative to musicians who preferred originality. After moving to guitars, mandolins and ukulele’s I realized that these fretted instruments were not perfect at all and could do with some re-design. My first priority is always sound quality, followed closely by aesthetics and playability. www.murraykuun.com shows a selection of the instruments I have made in the years since the mid 1990’s.