Very sad new, Jean Petitcolas, the kindest man on earth is gone.
Born in 1924, worked many years at Emile Français shop (Gand and Bernardel successor) and, after, on his own, near rue de Rome in Paris.
He was the only one who received me kindly, when, young self-taught violin maker I visited him, explaining to me how to see and carve a scroll.
he was quite upset how bosses used people like him to make money, paying low salaries.
his nickname was "Mickey"
we became friends for the next 45 years
very respected luthier for his skills and honesty.