I have always been fascinated by the violin although if I place one under my chin and take a bow to it, the sound can best be described as "a symphony for cat & chainsaw"! My fascination starts with the artisans that defined and refined it's dimensions and structure. Names from Cremona Italy such as Stratavari, Amati and Guarneri inspire today's builders with their creations, both beautiful and functional throughout the ages. France, England and The Netherlands also contributed with their own styles and exquisite builders.
My wife is the genealogist in the family however my interest in the violin became elevated when I discovered that my great grandfather made violins in the old country of Latvia. Naturally I had to try my hand at it.
A few photos are posted below, far to few for a true photo essay, however, for the time being they are all that I can offer.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008