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Hi everyone..Im Mary..Craigs wife. I read these posts over and over ..it brings me happiness to know how much my sweetheart was loved and respected. I thank each one of you for your kind thoughts and intentions for my sweet Craiggy. Craig has lots and lots of violin wood and other violin making instruments. If anyone is interested please call me 5754208306. God bless each one of you.

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Mary, thank-you for becoming part of the forum. We all honor Craig's memory and his contributions here over  many years. Advocatus Diaboli has the plates of the instrument being built in his honor and is working on them now. We hope that the instrument will be a suitable tribute to him. Our thoughts are with you every day.

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On 4/18/2019 at 4:42 PM, Mary Tucker said:

Hi everyone..Im Mary..Craigs wife. I read these posts over and over ..it brings me happiness to know how much my sweetheart was loved and respected. I thank each one of you for your kind thoughts and intentions for my sweet Craiggy. Craig has lots and lots of violin wood and other violin making instruments. If anyone is interested please call me 5754208306. God bless each one of you.

Hi! I can't help build anything, but I would like to tell you how great Craig was. He was always so encouraging and helpful.

I miss his contributions very much.

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Mary, I'm glad you are here. Craig mentioned you on these forums pretty often. It was clear to everyone that you two built a good life together and he loved you very, very much. And you obviously loved him very, very much right back, considering how you two met.

 I found his lack of complaining and self-pity, and his tenacity, all pretty amazing given that his thirties were already marked with kidney failure. I know that you made him beat all of the odds, which was impossible (yet he did) and I at least felt like I knew you too a little bit because of that extraordinary situation, both tragic and inspirational. 

I used to enjoy his writing style, where he would kind of play with the question and post several ideas in three or four posts in short succession, you'll just see his humor come through all the time in his writing here. He was a real character. I doubt anyone here could ever forget him. I hope you peruse his comments from years past and find even more good memories of him here, get to  know him as he was in this social and professional space. 

That he was a very talented guy goes without saying. I know I really liked the art he sometimes posted, huge, scaled way up, such detailed paintings. The sort of art that translates well to an interest in violin work, or vice versa. He was someone I looked forward to reading whenever he posted. 

 

 

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On ‎4‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 11:42 PM, Mary Tucker said:

Hi everyone..Im Mary..Craigs wife. I read these posts over and over ..it brings me happiness to know how much my sweetheart was loved and respected. I thank each one of you for your kind thoughts and intentions for my sweet Craiggy. Craig has lots and lots of violin wood and other violin making instruments. If anyone is interested please call me 5754208306. God bless each one of you.

Hi Mary, welcome to you and I hope you are doing as well as can be expected, I am very sorry for your terrible loss.

God bless you, luv XXX

Craig got into work on bows, didn't he?

Well, if you want me to finish off any bows he never completed, or anything else just let me know.

I can be of use not that I am that wonderful at making frogs, but I do have a go and get you some help, money wise xxx

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19 hours ago, Advocatus Diaboli said:

Hey, sorry I've been kind of MIA.  I have the plates arched and the graduations just need to be scraped.  Hopefully I can get it all on the mail to Alex this week.  

I wasn't completely sure how Alex wanted the corners handled, so I'm leaving them oversize for now.
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Team Tucker has a PM thread for the making chat that would bore the pants off of everyone else, but AD has been busy and the project will soon be on its way to Alex.

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Hi everyone. Im Mary..Craigs wife..could you tell me how to get to the team tucker pm sight so I can keep up? Also..I really really wish someone or many of you would take some of Craigs beautiful violin wood. No charge..I just dont want it to go unused and I know my Craiggy would absolutely love for you guys to use it. Just let me know and I'll be happy to get it to you. All my love.. 

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Its been a bit quiet over here, but things have been inching along. Alex Reza is waiting for the neck to come from Nick Allen, and once body and neck are united the project will wing its way to Chris Jacoby for varnish, which has been generously donated  by Joe Robson. Hopefully, James M Jones will soon be reunited with his  form which he generously loaned for this build as well as the Neil Ertz tribute

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There is a serious danger that we might need those things soon! At the same time it would be risky to hold  your breath!

Dorian Barnes in Houston has kindly offered to do the set-up so if you are in the mood for a road trip you could actually be one of the first to hear the final results! ...but of course I am getting ahead of myself  again!

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Things have been slowed down a bit by the Pandemic, but I got these two pictures from Alex yesterday. We are inching towards the finish line! I am excited for this violin. Looking  forward to seeing it finished and to hearing its voice. Then looking forward  to seeing it sold (hopefully to a highest bidder) and seeing the proceeds going back to Mary.

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4 hours ago, Ron1 said:

Curious whether a label has been designed/selected for the instrument, and if it will have a name..

No. Chris has kindly said he would create and place a label when the violin is with him for varnishing, but as yet none of us have  a clue how it should be labelled. Suggestions would be appreciated. I thought it might be nice to create a document to accompany the violin which identifies it and acknowledges its creators and contributors, so if anyone has those skills...

We have not discussed a name. I'm not sure what anyone thinks?

11 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

It's getting there. Not as far along as I thought though, lol. 

No I think Alex has been distracted  by a very busy shop and the Pandemic. Hopefully things will move along a bit now.

It  would be nice to have it done by Fall. Then we have to think about marketing and sales. It would nice to get it played by a 'name' if anyone has good contacts? I had thought about approaching Tarisio for the sale. They have treated 'benefit' instruments kindly in the past. Other suggestions would also be welcome

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Oh my goodness, what a journey, so many little hold-ups and then a pandemic and well, here we are...I think we knew that this would be slower than we expected, but all of us understand the massive pulls we each are subjected to in our daily lives. Alex Reza shared some pictures with me this morning and the violin will be  ready to go to the next luthier in the chain this coming week.

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Woe to the expert in the far future trying to identify this instrument, should it ever lose it's label.:)

I'm happy to hear it's nearing completion; I'm anxious to see the finished instrument, as there have been many talented people contributing their efforts.

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After a few more bumps in the road, the project finally made it to Nick Allen and Chris Jacoby yesterday according to the USPS tracking document. We are inching our way towards the finishing line...

We would welcome suggestions for what the label should say.  Jim Bress has suggested it should have two labels in honour of Craig's unique posting style...:D

But what should it say?

It would also be very fine if the violin could be accompanied by a certificate listing the violin makers and contributors to the project if anyone can offer those skills?

As we get closer it would also be great if we could get a few names to play the instrument before it gets to be sold, in order to generate a bit of interest.  If anyone has any thoughts on that please reach out

 

Matt

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