Guy Harrison

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  1. I'll try and post a picture of the finished result!
  2. Making some pigments over the holiday break.
  3. Thanks! I was trying to imitate the very fine craquelure seen on some of Stradivari's instruments. For example:
  4. Thanks Andreas. The changes are mostly to the long arch of the front. The original arching of the Stradivari violin I'm copying is quite high in the upper and lower bouts of the front. Some of this is distortion but it was probably made fairly high as well. So for the next violin I'm making now, I've made the arching a little higher in the upper and lower bouts. Still lower than the slightly distorted arching the original violin now has. My motivation is to find an arching that of course I think works well for sound plus one that I feel is close to the arching the original violin may
  5. Another Stradivari copy- this time a later period - 1720's Stradivari. I'm now making a second version of this model, wth a few changes to the arching.
  6. Thank you! I was finishing some antiquing last week on another violin - a close up of the scroll, almost finished.
  7. I agree Paul. Talking with Brigitte in person, during a visit to Germany a few years ago, she also mentioned the Stradivari cello varnish had more oil than the Stradivari violins she had tested. Which is logical for varnishing a larger instrument.
  8. Yes, they will both be 1720's Strad models. Quite nice to make them as a pair!
  9. My copy of a 1720’s Stradivari with a one piece back, now ready to be varnished. Plus the piece of maple for my next violin. (a sort of "before & after" photo !)
  10. Thank you Joe. I still have notes I took in Oberlin from our discussions on varnishing. Very helpful!
  11. Thank you. I would like to work from memory but I find it very difficult! I prefer to have photographs and info on the bench I've taken myself. Always trying to observe more if I can.
  12. Still in the workshop working ! Finishing a violin based on a 1742 Guarneri. Not sure when I’ll be able to deliver it yet and proper studio photos will have to wait as well! The edgework and some surface texture in the craquelure.
  13. Next violin on the bench - a Stradivari (P form) model, with a one piece back this time.
  14. Thanks! The software is from There's many tutorials on youtube explaining how it all works!