I made a violin based on this model earlier in the year, for a front-desk player in the Hallé Orchestra. I really liked the model; its quirky asymmetry is appealing but more importantly the arching shapes seemed as if they would give a violin with power, richness and warmth. This proved to be so, and being aware that it’s always good to consolidate, I’m making it again. The ‘real’ Stradivari is in the collection of the Royal Academy of Music, and I was fortunate to be able to spend a morning measuring it in the spring.
I started, as I usually do, with making the rib assembly; bending and gluing thin strips of maple round a mould, then fitting the linings which reinforce the eventual glue joints with the back and front.
I’ve made the scroll, an enjoyable couple of days of carving.