Friday, January 14, 2022

 Whew!  At last, over a year since my last instrument was finished, I finally got a violin done.  This is my new "large" (358 mm) model, the first one.  

Sunday, December 13, 2020

 The second viola of the new design.  Same top wood as the first, but the back wood is different.  There is currently a Covid19 pandemic lockdown, so there is no video yet of this being played.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

40 cm Viola, new design

 The first viola of my new Guarneri-inspired design is now done, and can be heard test-driven in THIS VIDEO.  It's 40cm (15 3/4') back length, with the intent to be a soloist instrument with maximum power, projection, and response.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Finally got some instruments done

First, violin #27 (completed initially over a year ago) modified for rounder tone, and re-varnished with modest antiquing.

The final playing result can be heard here.  And in photos...

And also violin #30 came together, my new design, small model.  Again played by a great player, heard here.  And photos...

Thursday, November 15, 2018

#29 - Viola

My viola entry to the VSA competition last week.  This one unexpectedly (to me) won a Certificate of Merit for Tone.

... and here it is being played...
... and the viola I made before that...

#27 - Violin

My entrant into the VSA competition last week.  Didn't win anything.  Probably should finish making my instruments earler; this one was strung up for the first time a week before.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Just returned from Tucson, where the 2018 VMAAI violinmaking competition was held.  My #25 violin took the top tone awards, and second for combined tone and workmanship.