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RIP Michael Tree, Guarneri Quartet's violist. Michael was quite a generous man and he is responsible my conversion into a viola maker. He received many times in NYC, and introduced me to many players and teachers. he will be missed a lot.

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Grazie tante!  This is a commission, from a player that studied in Berlin, he is assistant principal in the Chile National Orchestra, the name of the viola is "Der Krumme Lanke", a lake in Berlin. It is a 41.5 cms. viola, the first I make of this size.

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Lovely photos.  Scrolls always look so pure and geometric before fluting. 
Are the violas your own design or are they modeled after specific instruments or makers?

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On 5/8/2018 at 11:14 AM, DoorMouse said:

Lovely photos.  Scrolls always look so pure and geometric before fluting. 
Are the violas your own design or are they modeled after specific instruments or makers?

Thanks DoorMouse! My model is personal (with some influence of Andrea Guarneri),  the idea here is making more a tool for making music than an art object, so the short corners (for bow clearance), the violin type scroll, that is a bit reduced too (Andrea Guarneri "Primrose" scroll as a basis), ribs are not high (33/38). 

Here some more photos of the scroll carving.

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On 5/13/2018 at 4:58 AM, MANFIO said:

Thanks DoorMouse! My model is personal (with some influence of Andrea Guarneri),  the idea here is making more a tool for making music than an art object, so the short corners (for bow clearance), the violin type scroll, that is a bit reduced too (Andrea Guarneri "Primrose" scroll as a basis), ribs are not high (33/38). 

Here some more photos of the scroll carving.

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Your carving of the double flute on the back of the head (first photo) with a gouge looks dangerous. :o

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2 hours ago, Andreas Preuss said:

Your carving of the double flute on the back of the head (first photo) with a gouge looks dangerous. :o

's how I do it too. I've only almost lost three fingers so far. 

I remember the first time I really almost whacked my thumb off with an arching gouge during my apprenticeship. Good thing the bone stopped it. 

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No, no danger, I hold the gouge in a way that its trajectory is limited to no more than 1 centimeter, so, if it escapes from the wood, it will not hit me.

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Itching to go back to it Luis?

I'm getting better at scrolls.  I can master "character," but not finesse. You have finesse down.

Heal up. Enjoy your time away from the bench and then get back there.

Ken

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