Archive for violins category

Saturday, January 30, 2016 Relics


Going through snapshots from the shop that have been waiting for some attention I ran across this one. These are the first bassbar clamps that I made back before I acquired some more sophisticated models from Alberti Design. These work pretty well, have adjustability (just add more rubber bands) and good directional pressure, depending on how you shape the gripping surfaces.  

Monday, January 11, 2016 Hanoi

We have landed in Hanoi and spent a week walking, eating and looking. There are apparently only one or two violin makers or restorers in the country, a good place to be a big fish in a little pond.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Shirts

Newly arrived just in time for the warm weather, violinisto tee shirts.

Friday, September 7, 2012 End of Summer

I watched the neighborhood kids walking to school carrying backpacks nearly as big as the kids themselves, and realized that the summer is gone, at least on the calendar. In the last few days before Labor Day sounded the death knell of the season, Beth and I acquired a little haven on Lopez Island and I'm looking forward to building a little shop and a little cabin and eventually living the Island lifestyle.

The economy continues to be unfriendly to this shop but hope springs eternal and we look forward to finding homes for a few instruments this year.

Work on cellos continue. The picture below is of a bassbar glue up on a Bulgarian cello that turned out, when it was opened up, to be more of a kit that had been tacked together with glue than a finished instrument. All the linings have/had to be removed, reformed or replace and re-glued. It would have been quicker to build one from scratch.

Note the caul/pads added to the Alberti clamps to spread the load and adapt to the curve of the plate.



Friday, June 22, 2012 New pictures

Two new instruments to look at in the gallery section; a Sanctus Seraphin and a Andreae Guarnari viola, 15-3/4" long.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Portland Old Time Gathering


Andrea Guarneri ScrollHeading down to  the Old Time Gathering in Portland this weekend to play some music and visit violin shops. Traveling with at least four and maybe five violins so if you're in Portland and want to play one, look for the fiddler with too many cases. If you go to the gallery of available instruments you can see the one's I'll be carrying: Novinha, Quara, and Ela, as well as the two I usually play.






Here's the scroll I've been working on, a slightly scaled up version of an Andrea Guarneri  violin scroll to go on a viola.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 Spring is threatening

Spring has been slow in arriving in spite of several nice days. The second Filius is in the tanning booth, a Sanctus Seraphin model is on the bench and a Testore model  with the lightest back I've ever made is almost ready to close. A second trip to Italy was initiated this week and should happen in mid September. This will give me an opportunity to revisit the filius in Cremona as well as the other violins that live there and, even more important, to do more research on the risottos of Italy! Dan intends to go on this trip as well.

A Sanctus Seraphin came through a friends shop and I had the good fortune to sit and stare at it for a few hours. A wonderful opportunity and very timely with the first of the same model in the carving stages. There's no substitute for holding the instrument in your hand.