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Twisted! An Unresolved Tale

Twisted! An Unresolved Tale

Un-Natural. Playing the violin in the conventional manner requires some rather un-natural contortions. The left elbow is held more or less directly below the violin neck. This requires some contortion when the instrument is played in the third and higher positions,...

The Turing Fiddle

The Turing Fiddle

I made this fiddle as the first of a series to explore the sources of variety that we see in violins. I'm also thinking about traditional violinmaking in the Digital Age. A broader discussion of the ideas behind this series is laid out in an earlier post. Variations...

Cutting Wood for Violin and Cello Tops

Cutting Wood for Violin and Cello Tops

Last month I had the opportunity to fill a gap in my luthier's education. Even during the Redwood Violin project where I made a violin from scratch, I did not cut and process my own wood, yet this is something that some violin makers do for themselves, and I had...

Freestyle Fiddles.  Part 2: Measurement Checks

Freestyle Fiddles. Part 2: Measurement Checks

In a previous post about the Freestyle Violin Project I documented how two violins, a "dark" sounding one and a "bright" sounding one , were made without the use of measuring tools. The actual dimensions of the materials used and the parts created were recorded and...