Our Logo

Happy New Year.

Lots of people ask us about out logo so here's the story of the moth

The design for our logo has had a long gestation period. It started when Tim was studying lute making in the mid eighties. Many of the instruments made today are based on instruments that have survived the ravages of time. Many luthiers branded there work with a small logo. One 16th century venetian maker was Magno Tieffenbrucker, who used his initials, TM, in a similar way to that of Albrecht Durer, a hundred years previously.

It appeared again in the works of Picasso, immortalised in a few paintings of his then muse Marie-Therese Walter with the same motif.

Tim has had this motif in mind for many years but always refrained from using it, being reluctant to plagiarise.

Walking along his hall at home one day he looked up and there it was, a Plume Moth resting on the wall, the interlaced TM glaring out at him. He then had a wood engraving of it made by Christopher Wormell and the rest is history.

 Moth logo designed by Tim Moss. Wood engraving by Chris wormell

Moth logo designed by Tim Moss. Wood engraving by Chris wormell