Guarneri Fall 2018
A Violin Commission Inspired by the “Plowden” del Gesu
After a busy summer and a very busy September getting all the local violinist ready for their lessons, I am finally back at the bench with a violin to finish. This commission is another small violin- a 350mm violin inspired by the “Plowden” del Gesu. I am using local Big Leaf Maple for the ribs, back and scroll, and Alpine Spruce for the top. I chose to carve the scroll before completing the body. Now I am finalizing the back arch before doing the same to the top. I will then temporarily glue the top and back to the rib structure to finalize the outline before installing the purfling. I had the pleasure of a visit from the musician who has commissioned the instrument and we had a lovely time talking about the violin and we are both eager to hear it! We’re quite a few weeks away though- once the violin is done the varnish process takes many weeks.