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A friend of mine has made a couple of nice violins (and is a great bluegrass fiddler), but is a dentist by trade.  His #2, made from a maple tree that came down in the yard of the house he grew up in, in the Puget Sound area, has a scroll based on Northwest Native American carving.  He gave his OK to show it to you.

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4 minutes ago, palousian said:

A friend of mine has made a couple of nice violins (and is a great bluegrass fiddler), but is a dentist by trade.  His #2, made from a maple tree that came down in the yard of the house he grew up in, in the Puget Sound area, has a scroll based on Northwest Native American carving.  He gave his OK to show it to you.

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Now that's impressive. :)

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The violin traditionally was considered a functional object.  All parts had their purposes.  Of course with the nobility, the wealthy, and centuries of status seekers pestering makers to add to what really should have been left simple and plain, we have been given all sorts of silly stuff:  double purfling; F hole shaped F-holes; gilded inscriptions on ribs; fluted pegboxes; bee-stinged miters—just to list a few.

I'm all for getting rid of everything that isn't necessary.  Why, for example, should a scroll have ears?  After all, it is the player who needs ears...well, supposedly he needs them!  Even though some of us are beginning to doubt that premise.  :)  

And why not expand on my idea:  Make violins even MORE utilitarian.  The following could be incorporated into the scroll quite easily:  

http://www.batteryjunction.com/ust-survival-card-0-5-multi-tool.html?gclid=CNSHgdiU0tMCFYVafgod5tIAwQ

We could have a nail file; bottle opener; compass; clip for attaching a bayonet; a magnifying glass!  In fact, the possibilities are almost endless!  And if we extended our creativity to the body of the instrument we could add a world atlas; a copy of the Magna Carta; a miniature "Mona Lisa;"  a New Orleans "Blue Book;" information on performing tracheotomies and appendectomies.  How many lives might eventually be saved—or at least enriched or made more pleasant? I'd say such violins would be worthy of a Nobel or two.  

I have contacted the upper management of "Snap-on Tools," but as yet have not heard from them.  I feel like they would have a head start on such a project, and would certainly appreciate the underlying wisdom.  I can't imagine they wouldn't snap up such a golden opportunity, but American management isn't what it used to be.

   

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1 hour ago, Will L said:

The violin traditionally was considered a functional object.  All parts had their purposes.  Of course with the nobility, the wealthy, and centuries of status seekers pestering makers to add to what really should have been left simple and plain, we have been given all sorts of silly stuff:  double purfling; F hole shaped F-holes; gilded inscriptions on ribs; fluted pegboxes; bee-stinged miters—just to list a few.

I'm all for getting rid of everything that isn't necessary.  Why, for example, should a scroll have ears?  After all, it is the player who needs ears...well, supposedly he needs them!  Even though some of us are beginning to doubt that premise.  :)  

And why not expand on my idea:  Make violins even MORE utilitarian.  The following could be incorporated into the scroll quite easily:  

http://www.batteryjunction.com/ust-survival-card-0-5-multi-tool.html?gclid=CNSHgdiU0tMCFYVafgod5tIAwQ

We could have a nail file; bottle opener; compass; clip for attaching a bayonet; a magnifying glass!  In fact, the possibilities are almost endless!  And if we extended our creativity to the body of the instrument we could add a world atlas; a copy of the Magna Carta; a miniature "Mona Lisa;"  a New Orleans "Blue Book;" information on performing tracheotomies and appendectomies.  How many lives might eventually be saved—or at least enriched or made more pleasant? I'd say such violins would be worthy of a Nobel or two.  

I have contacted the upper management of "Snap-on Tools," but as yet have not heard from them.  I feel like they would have a head start on such a project, and would certainly appreciate the underlying wisdom.  I can't imagine they wouldn't snap up such a golden opportunity, but American management isn't what it used to be.

   

Intercepted on the way to the MN spam bucket by the Accadenia's "Rear ECHELON" software:

"Deal Mr. L,

  We at Wanking Works approval your idea most good.  Send please full notes and drawings with $250.00 USD registration fee drawn on Paypal to [REDACTED]@worldoscams.cn to  initiate immediate production.

Thanking and most luck,

Y. Fu,

CEO, Wanking Sword, Violin, Electronics, Bridal Apparel, and Oyster Sauce Works,

Wanking, China"

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Not that I think this is in the "best" category, but it fits as "other than a scroll".  MN'ers who have been around a while will likely recognize this thing... the first head I carved before ever attempting a traditional scroll.  Actually, it's the first thing I ever carved, period.

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