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Here’s photograph of a viola that I’ve recently completed. It’s based on the famous ‘Conte Vitale’ by Andrea Guarneri.



My friend Andrew Bellis, who is both a bow maker and viola player, tried it out recently.




Here he plays the two bourées from Bach’s third cello suite.



Regular readers of this blog will know that I often keep a photographic record of instruments while I’m building them. However, the making of this viola was rather special because it was documented in a series of drawings and paintings by the Winchester artist Gill Robinson. I’ve shown a few of her drawings below. If you’d like to see the whole series, there’s a video here.


10 Refining the edges


20 Hanging up to dry


22 Fitting the pegs and stringing up-Edit


One Comment

  1. Wonderful!

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