Custom Violin #21 110

Completed November, 2012

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Above, the new owner of this classical violin takes it for a test run in my shop. She's accompanied by Richard DiAdamo, retired Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist (check out the Audio / Video page for some of his sound clips) and currently an in-demand violin teacher. I'm blown away by their talents and abilities, and they're equally enamored of their Skipper violins. She picked up the violin the day it was finished, before I could take any photos of the completed instrument.

Construction Photos


Construction begins with the joining of the red spruce and maple plates, the selection of the neck wood, and the bending of the sides. Corner and end blocks are attacked to the internal form and cut to shape. The ribs are glued to the blocks.


The upper half of the form is removed, and the top linings are bent and glued into place.


The top plate is cut to shape, roughly carved on a duplicating router, and the purfling is installed. The top is gradually brought to its final outside profile, and work begins in bringing it to the proper thickness.


The bass bar is fitted and glued into place, the f-holes are cut. The violin is removed from the form, and the back linings are glued in.


Using chisels and gouges, the neck is brought to shape. The back is cut to shape and the purfling is installed.


When all the parts are finished, the violin is assembled and sanded to perfection. A gamboge sealer is applied followed by oil varnish. When the varnish is cured, the instrument is rubbed out and set up, ready to go.

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