My cello revarnishing is complete. I’m going to loan it to a friend to play in before I put it back on the market. Woo Hoo for cellos! It has Larson and Spirocore strings, red brown varnish, a maple one piece back and a strong clear sound. It was inspired by the b form Stradivari cellos, one of the most famous being the Davidoff.
This is what I consider my first violin. We had to make two at the same time at The Violin Making School of America. This is the one on which I tried everything first. First arching, first bass bar, first f holes. I think it looks cute. Kinda. I will not ever sell it. It was my first.
Affordable Instruments with Love
Students every year are exiting violin making schools around the world. If you are in love with the idea of buying a hand crafted instrument from someone from one of these schools, the head instructors might be able to point you in the direction of an affordable, quality instrument that is probably chalk full of stories and hasn’t gotten super expensive yet because the maker is so far unknown. We all gotta start somewhere.
Links to the most established violin making schools in the US:
I completed this right before I left town to go visit family in MN. I had another big project to get out the same week. I hardly remember working on it. I do know that I am getting faster and better at these things…
Gaulard Frog Copy. I enjoyed working on this one during my day job (I have yet to find something in restoration/making that I don’t like…) The eyes and the back of the frog are unusual. Lots of problem solving. We had to recreate wear, but not to the extent of the original, of course.
Just keep swimming
Two coats of oil varnish are on the cello and violin. They are hanging in the the lightbox aka a spare closet with uv lights in it. Oil varnish takes a couple of days to cure between coats. The timing is good because we are taking a little time off this week to go to Alabama to see a couple of great bands, A Silver Mount Zion and This Will Destroy You. I am even bringing the one violin I have that I made that is set up to see if either of the violinists in A Silver Mount Zion will play it (if they have the time and energy.) I think it would be the bees knees just to have them play it and tell me what they think about it. I love feedback.
I am also super excited to have my cello up and running again by the end of the month (already looking much better than it did before) and the violin shortly after it. Just a couple of coats to go!