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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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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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Northern Sun Quinn Violin

Northern Sun Violin “Quinn” 2016 A violin made in the award-winning Xue Chang Sun shop in Beijing. Varnished and set-up to professional standards in my shop on the Sunshine Coast. A rich brown spirit varnish with gentle antiquing. An even, sweet tone. Tonica strings, rosewood fittings and a Wittner tailpiece with rosewood veneer. Available in my shop on the Sunshine Coast....

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