Journal

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Send me your picture.

If you play one of the violins I've built, and if you send me a picture of you holding it or playing it, I'll put it in the gallery of fiddles and their owners.Or, if you prefer, stop by the shop and Tom, of Tom Collicott Photography, will take a picture of you with your fiddle suitable for use as a publicity image. Let us know that you're coming by so we can have some lights set up.

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.

Friday, January 28, 2011 Brought home from Cremona

When Dan, my youngest son, and I visited Cremona this past summer, we both fell in love with a violin by Giuseppe Guarnarius filius Andreae and decided to make an instrument based on it. Here, at last, is Chiara. The original, made by the father of Guarnarius Del Gesu, shows a strong connection to the style of the Amati family. The fittings are of figured Myrtle.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 Making shavings

Starting plates on the second Filius Andreae. The first one is ready to set up.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Alafaire landed

Alafaire made it to Italy and was put into the hands of her new owner, Walter Alvarez, at his 70th birthday celebration in Coldigioco, a little contrada in the hills above Ancona, Italy.

First look!

Walter and Sandro after the first tune was played! Many tunes followed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 Two new fiddles

Yesterday I dropped off these two  instruments at the L&R shop

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This is Ela, a Strad model.                           This is Novinha, a DelGesu model.

Saturday, September 25, 2010 Alafaire traveling

   

Alafaire is a Strad model. Completed on September 23, 2010, she is traveling east to her new home. These are the custom fittings of fruitwood and a chinrest of olive.