Springfield, Fife, Scotland 07958 608671
It's Spring 2018, more than seven years since I returned from Newark and set up my workshop. This violin, with a late-Guarneri influence, was begun in February and is very close to 'where I want to be' in terms of tone and appearance - although, as usual, my photos could be better!
I look forward to hearing it played and will update this description as I receive feedback.
Based on one of my favourite models, the N.Lupot of 1808, which never lets me down in terms of its strong, sweet tone.
This one has been a real labour of love, a violin in memory of my dear Aunt Mary and which will be my own to play - so I make absolutely no apology for the decoration!
(As you will see in #26 and #29, I have almost settled on a visual style which will set a more serious tone for #30 and beyond, so this could be the last 'fancy violin' for some time - although special requests will always be considered!)
This violin is based upon a J.B. Guadagnini, made in Turin in 1774, and possesses a delightful combination of elegance and power in both appearance and tone. A darker-looking instrument and very smooth to play.
This has been a slow-burning project which has been a great pleasure throughout. I look forward to hearing it played.
UPDATE, March 9th 2017: an excellent violinist, Eva Lundell of Letham, Fife, spent some time playing this instrument today, and was much impressed, saying that it was 'like smooth Cognac'.
Another seven-eighth size 'lost boy' - see also No.21,'Pollicino'. This one is still awaiting a final polish and full set-up, having been overtaken by 28 and 29.
A smallish, unusual-looking piece of maple led to the conception of this one-off violin with a Dumfries connection: At this time (April 2018) there is a wonderful Story-telling Centre being created in Moat Brae house and garden where J.M.Barrie played as a boy.
The cobwebs on the back have been carved and filled with ebony paste.
I shall update the photos in due course.
So, it's early August 2016 and this is my 25th instrument. Based, for sound, on the late-career Guarneri 'del Gesu' violin known as the 'Sainton', it has pronounced archings and a bold tone.
The lion head? It is a representation of a couple of sandstone lions in my home town of Dumfries which were a friendly presence in my childhood.
November 2016 update - I have just returned from Fiddle Fest in Edinburgh, where this and Violin No.23 were tested and heartily approved by several excellent players. Gypsy Jazz? Yes, please!