I hadn't either, until I met my neighbor Kevin about a year ago. His shop is right next to my studio. Kevin and I not only share wifi but we also share a deep passion and desire for creating and crafting.
A luthier makes lamp shades from human skin. Just kidding, here is the real definition:
lu·thi·er : [ˈlo͞odēər] / NOUN - a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.
So my neighbor repairs and makes violins, cellos and violas by hand. I thought I was impressive when I made my first batch of craft beer, but this is a whole level of artisan that no Brooklyn hipster could ever touch. I hope you enjoy the pictures and give my friend Kevin a call if you want a custom, handmade cello for Valentine's Day. http://chapinviolins.com