A New Violin Making Year Begins!
2021 was a tough year for so many and in so many different ways. It gave us all time to think and perhaps contemplate work and business and relationships! In some ways there wasn’t a lot of change as a violin maker. We violin makers are used to being quite solitary characters, so for me 2021 was a productive one. Without the flow of customers I was able to finish a cello, make a viola and three violins, which kept me busy all year. I’ve just finished a Guarneri del Gesu 1730, finished the last day of 2021, a first for me. The instrument has gone to a lovely young player, who in my opinion is destined for great things. When she came to pick up the violin and play it, the house was ringing with her beautiful playing.
I’m half way through a GB Guadagnini 1747, which I’ll be exhibiting at the BVMA Makers’ Day, Sunday 20th February, Kings Place, Kings Cross, London. Feel free to come along and try it. I’ll have a violin and a viola on the table. After two years it will be lovely to catch up with clients, colleagues and friends again.
In December I went to see the Nutcracker performed by Scottish Ballet, the first time I’ve been to a ballet. It was a beautiful production, made all the more special as I had five of my instruments playing in the orchestra.
This year is shaping up to be another busy year and I look forward to whatever comes my way. Wishing you all the very best for 2022, stay healthy.