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VSA Conference, Cleveland 2016

VSA Conference, Cleveland 2016

The Violin Society of America I just attended the 44th annual conference of the The Violin Society of America. The VSA is the world's largest violin maker's group and in my mind the most useful resource available to members of the trade. Over the years the VSA has...

Leaping Luthier – Strings Magazine Story

Leaping Luthier – Strings Magazine Story

I met Greg Olwell, a senior editor at Strings Magazine,  at the 2014 Violin Society of America convention Indianapolis. He had an idea for a new magazine spot called "Tales of the trade" which would put  "a spotlight the trade and the people involved in the art of the...

Visiting violin maker: Claudia Reynoso, Mexico City

Visiting violin maker: Claudia Reynoso, Mexico City

Claudia contacted me last fall asking to come and spend some time at my shop in the spring. We had been Facebook friends for several years, I think that I was drawn to her photography which shows that she has a great eye for things besides violins. She stayed for the...

Website Junkie scores again

Website Junkie scores again

  Website Junkie I admit it, I have a habit, this is about the sixth website that I've had since 2001.  After many years of doing my own, I've gone back to working with a pro. Diabla Design put this site together for me, suggesting a lot of new ways of...

Top Carve

Top Carve

Yesterday, Andrew Carruthers Violins showed me the elbow grease behind making cellos. Posted by Greg Olwell on Friday, February 12, 2016

Contemporary Violin Makers Exhibition 2015

Contemporary Violin Makers Exhibition 2015

I’m getting two instruments ready for a return visit to Julie Reed’s Contemporary Violin Makers Exhibition In New York. This the fifth exhibition that they have put on and I highly recommend it, particularly to anyone shopping for a contemporary instrument, you wont find a better representation of the best of modern violin making.

The world’s largest cello mobile

The world’s largest cello mobile

Half of my yard is shaded by a pair of large trees, a California black walnut and a California oak. The lowest branches meet about 35 feet above the ground forming a sort of cathedral vault. I wanted to do something to point up this space and decided on a giant mobile...