Posts by Laura

Spring 2020

Violinmaking and rehairing bows Winter 2020 I’ve been working on a King Jospeh Guarneri inspired violin that will be complete in the spring. Lots of rehairs and set-ups as well, keeping those players playing. I’m doing a quick update so no photos. I’m spending lots of time at the bench and away from the computer! Up next are plans for another Plowden inspired violin and an Alard inspired violin.

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Neck re-set and various projects

Neck re-set and various projects Summer 2019   On the bench right now- a neck re-set and many many rehairs. It’s the time of year to gear up for the start of the school year. I have several violins in various stages of varnishing and some interesting repairs in the works. I’m waiting for the delivery of a beautiful 1/2 size cello that I will set up for a talented young cellist.  I have a full size cello here that is waiting for me to convert into a 5 string cello. That project was originally slated for the spring but too many other repairs bumped it off the schedule....

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Fiddleworks Fiddle camp on Salt Spring Island

Fiddleworks Fiddle camp on Salt Spring Island Summer 2019   I had the pleasure of working at the 20th annual Fiddleworks Fiddle camp on Salt Spring Island. It was a lovely week on Saltspring with at whole bunch of great musicians. I repaired bows, fixed fiddles and rescued players with broken strings. I love being a part of the music and supporting musicians. And the final concert in Ganges was truly inspiring.

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PRISMA basses

PRISMA double bass set-up Spring 2019   PRISMA purchased 4 double basses, two of which required the installation of the C extension. It was quite a shift from my usual work on violins and cellos. I did have 3 basses in the shop at one point, but even one bass certainly took up a lot of space. These instruments were gorgeous and the set-ups worked out very well. I used 3 tree Despiau French bridges and Kaplan Orchestral Medium strings. I used the KC Strings C extension.    

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Custom 5-string violin

Custom 5-string violin Winter 2019   I completed a custom build for a violin player who wanted a slightly smaller 5-string violin. I used Big Leaf Maple, one piece, for the back and Sitka Spruce for the top. The style is a combination of whatever the client liked from various other violins- Amati style f holes and corners, but a fuller, less pinched arch. The varnish is very light and warm. One of the pleasures of commissioning an instrument is that your instrument is truly your own- you can decide the style and colour and what tonal palette you’re aiming for. I love building...

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