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…..

Searching for the spirit of early craftsmanship. For many years I have been looking for ways to emulate the spirit […]

My latest rendition of the Ex-Korchanski Guarnieri Del Gesu violin

My latest rendition of the Ex-Kochanski Guarnieri Del Gesu violin