Ted White taught marine biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario and later biological engineering at Malapina University College on Vancouver Island where he currently lives. He co-founded Coldwater Fisheries, Ltd., Canada's largest Rainbow Trout producer, was a board member of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, and co-founded Future SEA Technologies, Inc.; a company dedicated to the creation of innovative aquaculture technology. As a consultant he has assisted in the design of various vessels, including the 'Atlantic Cat,' a high speed, off shore crab and shrimp fishing catamaran featured on The Discovery Channel. He holds multiple patents and has been using computer aided design (CAD) since the first introduction of AutoCADTM. He designed his first violin using AutoShipTM and currently uses several CAD packages, including RhinoTM. He invested in a CNC Vertical Axis Milling Centre over eight years ago and manufactures a line of adjustable tailpieces, mills his own instruments, and provides both design and milling services to others.
Ted has played several instruments badly since childhood and has been a wood worker nearly as long. Early efforts at instrument making included building six-hole flutes. As a traditional (and not very good!) fiddler, he became interested in building violins in the early nineties. While largely self-taught, he has attended numberous workshops in order to improve his making. This effort has developed into a fascination with how such an apparently simple thing could be so complex in its behavior. Working with Jim Ham, Ted has built the world's first balswood cello. He is a regular attendee at the Violin Society of America's Oberlin Acoustics Workshop and has an acoustics research set-up in his workshop. His latest efforts have been to understand the acoustic effects of the tailpiece. Ted has presented his results at the VSA's annual conference, published in the Violin Society of America Journal, and led a panel on CNC applications in violin making at a VSA Conference.
Ted is a long-time member of the VSA and the former Catgut Acoustical Society. He also is a member of the VSA Board of Directors and the Society's current Secretary.