Today I played a completed Howery Violin!!!

Finally after several years of study, 2 workshops, months of trail and error varnishing; I’ve finished Diana #4. She is varnished, setup, and played!!!  Claude #3 will be completed later this week. I wasn’t content with the color and stripped him to do a second run, which came out very nice.

I will say that Diana sounds good, with more tuning of post and bridge to come, also she is easier to play than my previous instrument. Responsive, nimble, sweet tones in the upper register. I’m very happy with her and can’t wait until Tuesday when I can compare her and Claude together.

A momentous day in a multi year quest to build a violin, now to build a better and better and better one 🙂

Diana Violin #5 Diana Violin #5

 

Claude getting some color

After many false starts and learning many new things about color theory, oil painting, glazing, etc etc my violins are starting to look like violins.

 

Claude getting his color
Claude getting his color

 

 

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