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Ray

Hi All, In the spirit of telling stories about our violins, pull up comffy chair and your favorite hot/cold drink and I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours. My story is about the country mouse coming to the city when compared perhaps some of your violins which has a rich history of ages gone by or of  violins handed down from a master violinist.  Having built furniture without electricity and interested in music I somehow got it in my head to make my violin.  Little did I know either what I had gotten my self into nor the pull of violins would have on me.  Is it a very nice violin-no but the colour did come out exactl y what I had in my mind.  There are many mistakes on this violin not the least of which in the curing stage of the varnish blackflies and no-see-ums decided to land on the violin for a breather.  As it turned out a long breather.  Yes, there are plans for making another, perhaps before coming to Austin for the gathering of the clans.  For all it's mistakes I am glad that I made this violin.

 


Ray
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Posted: August 11, 2011
Last Comment: August 12, 2011
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Ray
Posted: August 12, 2011
Thank you Eileen for the tip.  As a beginner in both playing and making I have a thirst for as much good information as possible.  Which is why I like this site.  Unlike other on line lessons, Beth's is continuously changing and evolving, well done Beth.

Eileen
Posted: August 12, 2011
Ray, you might be interested in an article that I found on that music theory site that Beth has linked on the resources section.  Here's the address for the article... www.teoria.com/articulos/badiarov/index.htm  .... The "link" button in the comment box doesn't seem to work for me.. <:-( 

Anyway, the article is titled "Mozart's Violin" and is about how you work the thickness of the top of the violin and how the sound is effected.  If you make the top thicker in the middle you get a "silvery" voiced violin, but if the top has an even thickness you get a "human" voiced violin. 

I thought you might be interested.  :-)

jojo
Posted: August 12, 2011
Ray! what a LOVELY hobby you found <3 well done indeed! your very first project does not need to be perfect, indeed I am sure nobody's first violin was perfect, we all start from somewhere and build from there! It's lovely anyway, and you will 'build from here'! You love doing it and that's the key thing surely. You said you will make another one now? sounds like you've got the bug! I'll have to watch out for you in future ;) x

Ray
Posted: August 11, 2011

Thanks for the kind words of support.  There are two schools I would love to go to and learn this fine art.  One is in Itlay and the other is Chicago.  Both are 3 years long with an option of a forth.  My dream job would be to travel from school board to school board, which has an indurstral arts program and music program.  Spend some time there repairing their instruments while teaching a couple of students how to make a violin.  THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!  I like to think that both my violin and I are 5 months old and so we are both maturing at the same time.

So, O.K., I've told my story now it's my turn to sit back sip a wonderful hot chocolate and listen to some of your stories.  Beth, what's your story. Hint, hint, hint. 



Eileen
Posted: August 11, 2011
I was at the Luthier yesterday getting my bridge worked on and while there I was thinking what a fantastic job she has !   She's a very fine luthier.... as an indication of her skills, she was entrusted with some work on a Stradivarius at one time in her career. 

Her passion is in taking older fine instruments..violins, cellos, violas.....and fixing them up and putting them back into the hands of players.  If I could go back and rethink the path I took, I would definitely want to learn how to do that..and be VERY good at it !   Not only do you get to handle wonderfully fine instruments, but you also get to meet many of the fine artists who play them ! 

Don Meek
Posted: August 11, 2011

To have such a gift, to be able to make something as incredible as a violin, is just a dream. I know if I even attempted to learn the process it is just not within my natural abilities. Real admiration, hats off to you.  Would love to hear it sing Ray.

Don


Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: August 11, 2011
That's amazing, Ray! I am totally in awe. Looking forward to meet you and your violin(s) in Austin!