Archive for violins category

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.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 Two new fiddles

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


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

Monday, September 13, 2010 Clutter

To illustrate how quickly clutter expands to fill the space it can occupy, this is after being in the new shop for about four weeks.

Sunday, August 22, 2010 New tag

V tag

This is the newest iteration of the violinisto tag. It was made for me by Susanna Prince.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Home at Last

Well, at least close. RedDog arrived in NYC beginning on the 17th and ending on the 18th (Tom was the last). Cremona was  very intense; standing in the still, humid air of a small room filled with nine or ten Italian violins from the 16th and 17th centuries (mostly) ignoring the discomfort while trying to see everything for as long as possible. A really charming Guarnarius filius Andreae caught my eye. Dan said he wants a copy of it for his next fiddle and I concur. We walked through the narrow streets of the old city, ate memorable food and took a picture on Via Del Gesu. I will put up some pictures when I find them.

Monday, July 5, 2010 3 in the oven.

Three new fiddles in the drying cabinet. The one on the right is Alafaire, just begun finishing. In the center is Novinha, a Del Gesu model, and on the left is Ela, a Strad model. Alafaire is bound for Italy in the fall.