Ideas and inspirations

Off-beat Violins

June 17, 2021

A collection of instruments for tonal and aesthetic exploration. This began as a Covid project. I’d long wanted to make […]

Following on from earlier experimental fiddles I’ve been thinking of making a violin with very thin areas or cells in the upper and lower bouts. This has led to the idea of a violin with many drum like panels.

In part 1, I described a plan to make a pair of violins with structural features that I think will have effects on the way those instruments sound.  I decided to base the designs for the two violins  around two of the vibrational modes that have been studied and used as tools by many violinmakers in an attempt to control the tonal qualities of our instruments.  This second part describes the designs that I came up with for the two fiddles I intend to build. 

The idea of  “Cellular Fiddles” has evolved out of two earlier projects. The Dimpled Viola  made a feature of some […]

Turtle Fiddle

August 24, 2020

This is a follow up to the Dimpled Viola project and develops some of the ideas sparked by that project.  […]

The Flipper

June 16, 2020

Here’s a short video In which I reveal some of the lesser known secrets of The Old Master

In the first part of this study I constructed a viola emphasizing a part of the construction process, the carving, […]

Carving a shop sign

June 10, 2020

For some years I’ve dabbled in the graphic arts, designing business cards, web headers, even tee shirts and stickers. I’ve […]