Last week I was in Germany and North Italy buying spruce and maple for the next few years of violin making. A colleague and I first visited the wood dealer Bachmann in Italy, where we bought spruce. In their store room they had hundreds of pieces of spruce which was carefully organized. Every piece of [...]
In May I entered the International Mittenwald Violin Making Competition. This competition is held every four years and attracted 175 violin makers from around the world. The instruments are judged on sound and workmanship by an international panel of judges.
The violin I entered won bronze medal. (both pictured below)
The violin was my usual Stradivari [...]