It has been a busy couple months this fall at the violin shop with repairs and getting student instruments ready for the new school year. Luckily, these violins are still on schedule to be finished before 2019!
This January Kurt R Jones Violin Shop was pleased to host Rafael Carrabba in Honolulu for a new violin making extravaganza. With any luck the violins will be finished up by April in time for the 2018 Contemporary American Violin & Bow Maker Exhibition in Glendale, California at the Metzler Violin Shop.
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Have you ever wondered how varnish is made for musical instruments? One Saturday we decided to cook up some varnish with resin and linseed oil. It’s important to have the oil the right temperature and hold it steady before combining it with the bubbling resin.
This year marks the beginning of strict regulations on importing and exporting rosewood. A lot of this has to do with the demand of the wood in fancy furniture for China’s emerging upper class. However, rosewood has historically been used in building ribs and backs in guitars, and occasionally violins like this one. Rosewood is most commonly used for violin pegs, but that may change as CITES regulations make shipping and selling more difficult.
If you are curious about the limitations on rosewood please read this article in Reverb magazine.