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  1. @david I am delighted to reveal this years competition Judges https://violinbridges.co.uk/competition-team-2021/
  2. @woodbutcher sorry for not answering and its a valid question, I think I have answered this before in this thread but will do it again. " a working part is judged only on its final appearance" yes that is correct. The purpose of the International Violin Bridge Competition is to compare aesthetically the standards of violin family bridges, and to celebrate and award the best entries. It is not following the mold of a traditional violin making competition.
  3. Lovely to hear from a few non grumpy maestroneters. Thankyou for the support as we slept you all typed. Answers below sry if long @David We had Four International Judges with a combined working experience in the trade of over 120 years, One American, One Italian, One Scottish and One English, 3 different violin schools. All exceptional respected makers and restorers, and all who care deeply about celebrating and supporting our craft. The judging criteria is very clear in the rules and application, and was devised by our Judges at the onset of the competition it will be refined for next year. @Andreas Preuss hiding the stamps was something we discussed, but we felt that the stamp and how it is designed and executed is such a part of the skill and look of a finished bridge that it was important to keep them. "But I would say there are more categories needed for the awards. Classical cuts, stylish cuts, new design cuts." Yes we need to think on this as Shlomo Moyal's and Nikolaos Pylarinos Viola bridges, would both be in the new design category, and they get lost in such a simplistic points competition structure. https://archive.violinbridges.co.uk/shlomo-moyal-3/ https://archive.violinbridges.co.uk/nikolaos-pylarinos/ We will have an evaluation and improve things for next year. @matthewnykoys "I rarely find a ugly looking bridge that also just happens to work in all the right places that it needs to in order to sound good as well." I agree with this, those who say a badly cut/ ugly bridge can work well, are following a myth. It may work but its a fluke. I could write another 75 pages vsa paper on this but wont The short version is a well cut bridge shows skill, intent and attention to detail and simplistically that is what is needed in setting up and adjusting a fine violin. @GeorgeH Yes I have sold a few books, which even if I do say so myself is a beautiful thing, and if you are in isolation from the main violin cultural hubs and if your studying violin making or repair its an essential book and tool, but please let me re assure you, the time and costs involved from running the violinbridges.co.uk project for the last 12 years has been in no way financially compensated. Violin Bridge Cutting is an art, and the competition/ site/ book are ways to celebrate, promote and support that art. @mattroop For this instance and method of Judging it is who scored more overall points. But it has been suggested that we should have awarded Gold and Silver so we could open up to awarding merits to other bridges, this is something we need to take on board, I will put it to the Judges. We don't plan to add pictures on the website of the sides and other views.
  4. hahahah I think Grumpynet maybee a better name for this place We had some truly lovely Bridges from all around the world, celebrating great skill and workmanship. A rare thing indeed.
  5. Delighted to announce the Award Medalists for this year's International Violin Bridge Competition 2021 celebrating the art and craft of Contemporary Bridge Cutting. We've had a truly global response with some exceptional entries. Awarded Medalists results are here. violinbridges.co.uk archive.violinbridges.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/groups/2821590261390062 Please share amongst your networks.
  6. We have had a fantastic response so far with entries from Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Portugal, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Israel, and Singapore NOW is the time to send your entries. violinbridges.co.uk #violinmaker #violinrestorer #violin #viola #cello #bridgecutting Please Share amongst your networks. https://violinbridges.gerardkilbride.com/search/... Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/2821590261390062
  7. Quick and polite reminder that the Competition Deadline August 31st, for entry arrivals. Please share amongst your networks. www.violinbridges.co.uk facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/2821590261390062 #violinmaker #violinrestorer #violin #viola #cello
  8. Deadline for submissions for this years International Bridge Competition is the end of August. So far we have had entries from Hong Kong, Taiwan, England, Singapore, Greece, Israel, Spain, USA and China. www.violinbridges.co.uk
  9. wow, you just got my attention, I would love to have those bridges in the next book which is underway. as a teaser just got these two beautiful bone bridges, from normandy on a mirecourt violin
  10. Really pleased to announce that Teller - Germany has become one of our sponsors and partners, each category winner will receive a beautiful prize of their bridges. deadline is August and so far have had entries from Singapore, Taiwan, Greece, China, USA and the UK www.violinbridges.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/groups/2821590261390062
  11. if you really want to dig deep into the math, here a link to our vsa paper on the statistical analysis of just under 1100 bridges. showing the sweet and sour spots https://vsapapers.org/index.php/journal/article/view/4 and a link to the competition facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2821590261390062
  12. The focus for me like the violinbridges project and the book, sry jacob, is promoting and celebrating the art of cutting bridges. To highlight our work, training and the excellence we strive to produce. So much of what we do is lost on the general public. But every one of us who has cut a number of bridges will know great work when we see it and will appreciate the effort, training and skill it would have taken to produce that. Not for everybody but for those it is Deadline is in August. Working on finalising the webinars which will be Bridge Tuning, Bridge Engineering, Bridge Cutting and Bridge Manufacturing. Looking forward to it.
  13. @Brad Dorsey it would be really interesting to see and compare, but not for this one. @Goran74 originally we wanted to do this differently, but for several reasons, like logistics, cost and mainly pandemic restrictions. it was felt that as a small item, not like a picture or whole violin that we could donate them to the growing static project collection which has been and will be again post covid19 available to loan to violin schools and students. I am sure returns could be arranged if you felt you did not want a bridge to become part of the loan collection..
  14. Thanks all @Brad Dorsey your idea is a great idea, but the amount of time people take varies and the competition is designed for covid19 restrictions. Perhaps another year. @Advocatus Diaboli worth submitting but you may need a note with your reference but it would still be judged by the criteria above. @Three13 I love chanot stamps they are totally unique, I dont think the vuillaume is one to copy.
  15. Thanks again all, yes @Televetits been a challenging year for us all, and I feel any celebration of our work is welcome. I would love to see more global promotion of our art. @David Burgess unstamped bridges would be anonymous to the judges, we did discuss about covering the stamps to anonymise the entries but all felt that if stamped they should be marked as such. Would love to see any of your bridges, and yes hulk hogan stamps would be marked as any other. @rudall I can confirm we will not be judging the fit of the bridge as the bridges will be judged without instruments. A full set of rules and judging criteria is available to download on the site. signing off for tonight but will try and answer any more questions if I can. thanks again
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