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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 […]

Carving the plates Carving the plates for the X and O fiddles was fairly straight forward.  The basic design of […]

A nice feature of classic period Cremonese instruments are the locating pins found on or near the center line of […]

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

 Longtime violin-maker Andrew Carruthers has struck on an idea: that perhaps new violins can be inspired by something other than old violins.
Not that the San Francisco Bay-area luthier has any problem with old violins — he’s studied the great masters and reveres their work. In fact, he’s made hundreds of stringed instruments based on Guarneri del Gesùs, Stradivaris, Montaganas and more.
But these days he also has been looking to nature, geometry, architecture for inspiration in his instrument-making.

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 […]

Lego Mini Bench

September 10, 2020

This little bench-raiser is  great for your back – and good for your eyes! I recently heard from my Colleague […]

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.  […]

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