In part 1 of this post I discussed the ideas behind the hybrid “Tabolin”. The instrument is part violin, part […]

This is so gratifying! Thanks to every one who has been involved, this is far from a solo effort. You […]

The Redwood Violin

April 24, 2021

On January 1st this year I effectively quit my violinmaking day job and devoted myself fulltime to the Redwood Violin […]

When I presented the first two unusual fiddles on social media people naturally wanted to know how they sound.  Here […]

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.  […]

Talking with Master Fiddler Brandon Godman some months ago, he asked me if I’d ever made a five string fiddle. I never had but I was intrigued. There are five string cellos and five string…..