lawrence furse

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About lawrence furse

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  • Birthday 01/15/51

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    Salt Lake City, Utah
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    Individually handmade violins, violas, and celli since 1973.
  1. Confusing eBay Violin

    Chinese with slightly Guadagnini-ish f hole. At these kinds of prices why sellers will buy, modify, and resell these kinds of instruments is beyond my understanding.
  2. Hargrave's imminent demise?

    Good to know you're still in the land of the living, I wasn't sure. I downloaded some info from your excellent website just in case. Your website is a real asset to the violin making community.
  3. Oh no!!

    Almost everyone did it in the first class of the Salt Lake violin making school. It's a beginner thing. Just make a button graft, it's an easy and basic repair.
  4. Forgive me father....

    No question about the neck, do it. The belly-forget it. Huge job that ends up being far more work than you ever expected.
  5. Violin Makers of the United States by Wenberg Book

    It seem that books just don't sell for much now days, but his does have the addenda.

    As the owner, or co-owner of three horses, horse trading tales make the violin business seem very tame. On the buyer side, my most annoying experience was to drive my wife hundreds of miles into Southern Utah to look at a horse that was "just right" for her, and would be an excellent trail horse. The price was reasonable and the horse looked good in the pictures sent (the pictures only showed one side of the horse). When we got there, the owner very proudly brought out the horse-and it turned out to only have one eye! It was a rescue horse-the owner was trying to find someone new to feed it-and so neglected to tell us of that simple fact. Not too good for riding on narrow mountain trails with steep drop offs on one side or the other . . .
  7. charging for stringing up?

    Good story, you better be careful or the locals will figure out you're a "nice guy." I do it too, little things like that for free, even though they can be time consuming , under the classification of " providing customer service".
  8. Power carver for hogging maple

    I agree with Don, a pre-routed plate is the way to go for her. You could also just do the muscle work yourself, with her taking a few light strokes, if she must feel it was completely done by hand. Point out that Strad had two sons and apprentices to do the rough work, so there is nothing wrong in outsourcing that job if required, one of the greatest violin makers in history probably did it that way at some point in his career.
  9. modern makers question

    One maker of the last generation whose prices took a sudden jump recently is Otto Erdesz. As far as young boomers, David Birkedahl was a promising young maker that passed away at a very early age, but had already produced a fair number of instruments, particularly violas.
  10. selling handmade violins

    Many good ideas here. All have been tried and work to some extent. Over the long run you have to be flexible and try them all- when one quits working you try something else. Generally you will start out with a dealer, but in the present situation dealers that want to take on untried makers might be hard to find. If you are a skilled repairman, I would try that business first and then you will have a customer base that you can sell your instruments to as they get to know and trust you.
  11. Could be true, a bit of " tail wagging the dog" goes on. Customers don't want you handing them an instrument in a paper bag, they want a case to put it in.
  12. You make an interesting point in that some changes are made because of necessity, not having any real aesthetic considerations. There was a time when I had to narrow the lower bouts of my violas, just slightly, because I couldn't find cases wide enough to fit them.
  13. It would be great if some of the old makers had passed down records like that to us, but either they were keeping their trade secrets, or couldn't read and write, I don't know.
  14. How long should it take to carve a scroll?

    When we used to go on family vacations I always packed along a tool bag of tools and a couple of scrolls to work on too. Never did it on a beach, but on various desks and tables wherever we were staying. I made sure to have a piece of carpet along to keep from scratching things. I agree that carving scrolls is very enjoyable, and so I like to take my time.
  15. How long should it take to carve a scroll?

    Don't rush it and don't think about time. Leave that for factory workers punching a time clock. As far as del Gesu carving one in 45 minutes, that's the first time I've ever heard that, I'm not sure anyone knows that much about del Gesu's working habits. You might look at his late scrolls and just assume it was hasty work, but you never know, there might be other reasons.