For those interested, I’ve added a description and a few pictures of the 2nd ‘electric’ violin design. This violin is intended to be a relatively portable, relatively quiet practice instrument. Overall, I was very pleased with the result! View it here.
For the 2nd Strad Titian copy I needed a new neck block (the previous one was re-purposed to complete my 2nd electric violin). I decided to go with locally sourced wood from a specialty wood shop about 100km from my home in Chilliwack, B.C. Its been unseasonably cold here in the lower mainland, but it was a beautiful trip towards the mountains. The shop is “Bow River / Artisan Wood to Works“. They have a variety of wood and include a decent selection of locally sourced maple and spruce for violin making. They have quite a selection of guitar and mandolin stock as well, and also service furniture makers and turners. I was especially pleased with some basebar stock. In general i find their maple to have a fairly wide grain. Here are some pictures of the area and shop!
Well its been a while since my last post. I’ve moved across the country to Vancouver. My wife and I have taken up residence here. After a slight delay I’m reopening the violin workshop and its back to Titian #2. I also have some interesting Labrador spruce lined up for a Stainer!