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.
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.