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Thursday, January 7, 2010 Blue Screen of Death

The computer died and with it all records, pictures and drawings.'s like starting over...

Also gone are all emails and all email addresses. If I should have your address, send it to me again, please.



Tuesday, December 22, 2009 Violin dog tags

Susanna Prince, who is kind enough to let me share her studio space, has agreed to make a set of sterling silver dog tags for each new violin. The tags can be worn by the owner or left on the violin. One of the tags has the violin's own name and the other is the family name, violinisto.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Amelia is nearly finished

AmeliaAmelia is the first Strad model I've done. Varnish is nearly done and she should be set up very soon.

Friday, November 20, 2009 Red Dog back in the Pink

Little Ann is back to her energetic self after a few days on the couch. You can see her favorite teddy bear under her chin. This bear, which she found sitting under a tree on Greenwood Avenue, has unfortunately lost both arms in the excitement of play. We have the arms, they just won't go back on anymore.

Friday, November 20, 2009 Electrification

Steinberger Five String Electric ViolinFor the past ten or more years, I have played old time music on an acoustic fiddle while in my head I hear drums and bass playing along. One day recently, this Steinberger electric five string became available and now lives with me. This winter, I think, we may try out the fusion of rural Appalachian music and rock and roll.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 Red Dog recovering slows production

Seen here relaxing on the couch listening to 'Where the Red Fern Grows' on tape, Red Dog underwent surgery to remove a fractured molar and a cyst on her eyelid.  This has brought production at Violinisto to a near standstill. We hope to be back to making shavings very soon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The documentary "The Violin Maker"

The short documentary called "The Violin Maker" by Frenetic Productions is now online at Vimeo. The film features the music of RedDog, a trio that plays mostly old Appalachian rural music.