Amate paper – A little local flavor

I wanted to add some local spice to the viola that I made in Tepotzlan, Mexico.  Ernesto, my host, gave me some of the traditional Amate paper that he uses for his own labels. Amate is made from the bark of a spectacular Ficus tree. I saw this one in the Cacahuamilpa...

Making violins in Tepoztlan, Mexico

A month in Mexico. In the pursuit of a deeper knowledge, in the hope of recharging the creative batteries, and for a simple love of travel, I spent October in Mexico with violin maker Maestro Ernesto Ramirez. In his beautiful workshop in Tepotzlan, near Mexico City,...

The Santa Rosa Fire

I have received a lot of concerned inquiries about how I fared during the terrible fires in Santa Rosa.  I have been very fortunate: my immediate family myself, and my house and workshop have come through unscathed.  It happens that I am in Mexico at the beginning of...

Rio de Janeiro

I recently fulfilled an old dream: to deliver an instrument to a musician in an exotic part of the world. Daniel Prazeres is principal viola at the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira,  in Rio de Janerio. He has been searching for a viola with particular rich and dark tone...

Amate paper – A little local flavor

I wanted to add some local spice to the viola that I made in Tepotzlan, Mexico.  Ernesto, my host, gave me some of the traditional Amate paper that he uses for his own labels. Amate is made from the bark of a spectacular Ficus tree. I saw this one in the Cacahuamilpa...

Making violins in Tepoztlan, Mexico

A month in Mexico. In the pursuit of a deeper knowledge, in the hope of recharging the creative batteries, and for a simple love of travel, I spent October in Mexico with violin maker Maestro Ernesto Ramirez. In his beautiful workshop in Tepotzlan, near Mexico City,...

The Santa Rosa Fire

I have received a lot of concerned inquiries about how I fared during the terrible fires in Santa Rosa.  I have been very fortunate: my immediate family myself, and my house and workshop have come through unscathed.  It happens that I am in Mexico at the beginning of...

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