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September 2016

New School year= Rehairs and repairs September 2016   September was busy with rehairs, rentals, and repairs.  After the initial hub-bub has settled down, the fall season is a time for violin making. This year I started 3 instruments at once- the 5 string, a Strad model, and a Guarneri model.

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Violin on display at Gibsons Public Art Gallery

Violin on display at Gibsons Public Art Gallery May 2015 My most recent violin is part of the Woodworking on the Coast exhibition at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. It is varnished a warm golden brown and is based on golden period Stradivaris. I had a few days to play it before it went on display and it’s got a huge sound- big and strong and powerful. The exhibition ends June 21st and then I get to play it for a month before it’s ready for...

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Fiddola varnishing in progress

  Fiddola varnishing in progress March...

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Stradivari “Huberman” 1713 Northern Sun copy

Stradivari “Huberman” 1713 Northern Sun copy October 2014   I’ve been having fun copying the 1713 “Huberman” Strad. The real Huberman Strad is currently played by Joshua Bell. This was a fun little side project a part from my making “from scratch”. I took one of my Northern Sun violins and varnished it to look like the famous Strad. Colour is built up gradually, starting with a golden yellow underneath. You can see I’ve been scratching up the violin and adding marks to imitate the natural abuse that the violin would have suffered over several hundred years of...

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Brian Stokes Violin

Brian Stokes Violin Handmade violin crafted from local wood. A unique instrument using the traditional form of the violin but with nontraditional wood. Local Sunshine Coast yew wood was used for the back and scroll. The natural colour of the wood was allowed to shine through the transparent varnish. Made by local craftsman Brian Stokes, this is one of only a few yew wood violins. Outfitted with Dominant strings and ebony fittings with a flower mother-of-pearl inlay on the tailpiece.  Available in my shop on the Sunshine Coast....

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