Completed Violin #1
So here it is...I've always helped my father with his instrument repairs throughout my whole life on and off. Only for the past 10 years have I consistently done violin, viola and cello repairs as a second job. Last year I decided to make a violin and use the same prints, template and guide my father used back in the 1970s to make his only violin. "You can make a Stradivarius" by Joseph Reed. I struggled with many things throughout the process but it all came together in the end. I would love to hear any comments or feedback. Good or Bad ill take it. I'm just happy its finished and I will move onto the next when I find the wood and time to start it. :)
Sorry if the pictures aren't that great.
Congratulations! All your "strad" needs now is a fake label! LOL!!
Congratulation! You should embed the images in the post, though. After a couple of copy-paste operations to find another picture of just the scroll I almost lost interest....
Hi Bo, I apologize about the photo links. I do not know how to as you say it embed the images to the post. I'm going to look into it and try to edit the post.
Ted, the violin is 100% hand made by me. If you saw my shop you probably wouldn't even believe I made the violin at all but that's also the reason it took me over a year to make it. I dont even own a band saw,router and not one power tool was used to make it. Chisels, scrapers, gouges and some other very old tools my father has. I even used a violin case to hold the violin while I used the gouge. Lol. If you saw it in person you would not be saying how perfect it looks though. I could point out all the imperfections myself ;)
I love it :)
It's a beauty! I never finished my first violin, and if I had it would not have looked this good (or sounded good I suspect). Congratulations!
It's definitely not CNC-perfect. Just look closely and you can see very slight asymmetries, for example when viewing the back (last linked image) and the pegbox (fifth image). Lots of violin makers rough stuff out with power saws is my guess. My deceased friend and violin-maker Daniel Foster had a band saw in his shop.
Fantastic work, well done you! How does it sound? Now that you’ve made one, would you go ahead and make another?
This look amazing!!! I suspect that it sounds good.
I have a very pretty birds-eye-maple violin that was made by a guy who took up violin-making in his retirement. It's his "No. 24." It was made in 1972. It's beautiful but the sound is utterly without merit. Dalton Potter told me it would be hopeless to try to improve it.
Thank you all for the kind comments. I think I fixed the issue with the pictures so I hope that helps people stay interested :)
It looks great!
Nice work - congratulations!
How does it sound?
Jeff: It is amazing when I hold the Violin and to think how long it took me to make it and the processes involved. Sometimes I still hold it and say "Did I really make this?".
hi mathew, where in long island are you located.
Hi Kyle, I'm off the LIE in Islandia. Take a look at my contact info. It has my email and phone number.
Mathew is could just be the camera is not perfectly perpendicular in the photo of the peg box. If you're holding it in your hands, you can see it much better than any photo. In any case we're talking about very tiny asymmetries -- only enough to prove it's not a CNC product.
oh wow i actually go to your neck of the wood very frequent, my friend lives at the foxgate studio condo. is that number your cell or land line
Paul: Yup, exactly.
Party at Mathew's place tomorrow, 6 PM. Single-malts cheerfully provided.
I am speechless and impressed. Well done man!
Ted, Thank you so much. Keep in mind it is for sale. ;)
i'm gonna write this while the sound is still fresh in my head haha.
Hi,there ,a very nice Violin,like the slightly softer edges on the scroll.Beautiful craftsmanship.
Malcolm; Thank you so much. I also am pleased with the way the scroll carving came about and its originality. :)
Looks nice. Can you make me one. ;)
Stewie - still for sale, I guess.
Stewie I'm absolutely open to be commissioned and right now your be the first on the list :)
Nuuska, I loved making my first Violin. Unfortunately I have to work a different full time job to pay the bills but I'm going to be starting my next violin shortly. So yes I do see myself in this business for the future. I dream of the day I can make violins for a living :)
at least we know its better than wilbaux lol
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