Archive for May, 2015

New Commission! Five String Fiddle!

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Commission Resulting from the Show

One of the results of the Marylhurst Musical Instrument Makers’ show was that a fellow quietly approached me at my table, asking me about building him a five-string fiddle beginning in June (I don’t know why the delay…perhaps he is busy…).

Exotic woods

He had some exotic hardwood he had purchased 30-some years ago, and he asked whether I could build a five string fiddle from it. (Sure!) He asked about a deposit, and I told him that in general it is not needed; that I would rather just build the instrument, and see to it that he is really pleased with it before any money changes hands (see my “Commissions” page).

So…June 9th or soon thereafter, I will meet with him to discuss the particulars that he hopes for in his 5-string fiddle.

In this particular case, the exotic hardwood is one that is no longer legal to cut (or at least was protected for a long time), but he still has the receipt from having purchased it before the cutting-ban, so I am willing to work with it. There are some materials I would be afraid to use, simply because conservationists are essentially making it illegal to own such things, let alone use them in crafts.

Other Five-string Fiddles

I have two other five string fiddle projects in the works, both partly completed: one is a Maple/Spruce combination and the other a Myrtle/Port Orford Cedar combination. I hope to complete the Maple one before I begin the commissioned instrument. I will post pictures of it when it is complete.

Other Instruments

I recieved very good reviews on my newest violin, though it was less than 48 hours old. I know what the differences were in its construction, and can repeat them, so I have ordered more European wood specifically for classical violins, and will be turning out a pair, soon: one modeled after the “Plowden” (1735) Guarneri del Gesu, and the other modeled after the “Dolphin” (1715) Stradivarius. I expect them both to be top quality. 🙂

Cello

I also had reason to begin another “Davidov” model cello: this one will be Red Spruce top with Big-leaf Maple back, sides and neck. I have already begun it as well, but am not far along. I will post photos as it progresses.

So, that’s the news…details later!

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2015 Marylhurst Musical Instrument Makers’ Show

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Instrument Makers’ Show

Well… I didn’t get much done this year… but I did manage to get one new fiddle built and dragged a bunch of my previous work to the show.

I saw a few old friends there, and met a lot of new folks.

Here are some photos…maybe you’ll see people you know:

John Hill with his work
John Hill with his work

Lynn Berg with his Hardanger fiddles
Lynn Berg with his Hardanger fiddles

Scott Ackley with his guitars
Scott Ackley with his Guitars

John Greven with his guitars
John Greven with his guitars

Sharon Thormahlen with a Thormahlen Harp

Sharon Thormahlen with a Thormahlen harp

Ken Altman, with his violin, viola, cello and bass bowsKen Altman, with his violin, viola, cello and bass bows

Jeff Manthos with his work (Recognize the master maker visiting with him?)Jeff Manthos with his work (Recognize the master maker visiting with him?)

Jon Franke with his table

Jon Franke with his table

Wes Peabody, his lovely wife, and his guitars

Wes Peabody, his lovely wife, and his guitars

Mark Moreland at his table

Mark Moreland at his table

My table…(my wife hid when she saw the camera coming… ) 🙂My table...my wife hid when she saw the camera coming... :-)

Left side of the room, facing the entry…only the makers present, so far.
Left side of the room, facing the entry...only the makers present, so far.

Right side of the room, from the same vantage point. Notice the guy with his thumbs in his ears? A friend of mine, Ken Pollard, and his wife Monica, who is hiding her face. He is a great fiddler and a great maker.Right side of the room, from the same vantage point.

Here he is close-up. 🙂
Here he is close-up. :-)

And, here’s the room right up the center:Center of room

It was a good show all around. there were about 80+ makers, and probably in excess of 500 visitors.

 

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