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No.29, Violin


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.



No.28, Violin


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!)




No.26, Violin


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'. 



No.27, Violin


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.




No.25, Violin


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!



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