Lots going on at the moment! Preparing to go to the BVMA Makers’ Day in London UK on the 13th March at The Royal College of Music. I hope to take with me a viola and a violin to exhibit. Just finished a Maggini Viola, pictures to follow. After making several commissioned violins it was great to make a viola, which will eventually end up in the USA. I have also attached the latest picture of my workshop where as you can see, there are a few projects on the go!
Just about to start a Strad Violin based on Joachim 1715. The customer has picked a stunning one piece maple back and I cannot wait to start carving it. I had a lovely Nicola Amati Violin in the workshop which was left with me for a few days, giving me a good chance to study the varnish, purling and corners. It was a real pleasure to have in the workshop.
I made two batches of vanish last summer and I’m looking forward to trying them on my latest instruments. Based on my original oil varnish recipe with a few wee twists along the way.
It’s been a very wet and grey winter in Doune, Scotland but with Spring not far away I can feel my energy levels starting to rise and with that hopefully I will be inspired to make some exceptional violins, violas and cellos.
Looking forward to seeing you if you happen to be in London in March.