In September I finished the violin pictured below for a member of Canada’s National Art Centre Orchestra. It was based on the Guarneri violin, made in 1744 in Cremona and played by Norwegein violinist Ole Bull. The wood for the back of this violin was made from an old piece of maple that I was [...]
Two of my customers were very kind and brought their ‘Harrison’ violins to my shop for me to play and compare. They were based on the same violin- the Guarneri Del Gesu, 1742, ‘Lord Wilton’ , once owned by Yehudi Menuhin. One of the violins was completed in 2010 and the other was finished just [...]
My good colleague Kim Tipper in British Columbia and I were interviewed for this article on violin making. The writer nicely outlines some of the issues of making a fine violin today and comparing contemporary violins with older instruments.
Though there are a few errors, for example.
“Stradivarius.org reports that da Salo crafted double basses and violas [...]
In the workshop, I’ve been busy varnishing a Stradivari model cello and another Guarneri violin on order. My assistant in the next room is making a copy of a viola made by G.P. Maggini in Brescia from the early 1600’s.
The work of Stradivari and Guarneri vary in many ways but the construction methods used were [...]
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With the start of the new academic year and concert season, it’s been a busy time in the workshop. On the restoration front, we’ve had some interesting instruments come in for repair. Photographed below are some of the instruments we have now for [...]