Violin Making: The Practice of a Tradition of Woodworking
Where: HatchSpace Gallery. 35 Frost St, next to the new Mocha Joe’s roaster and offices.
Admission $10, $5 for BMAC, BMC and HatchSpace Members
The violin is a highly evolved use of wood to achieve aesthetic and acoustic goals. The process of making has changed little from 17th century Italy when the design on the violin solidified.
Douglas Cox, a German trained violin maker with 52 years experience, will explain and explore the process from a wood workers perspective, demonstrating materials, tools, and techniques. While much of the process is specific to violin making and can only be inspirational or thought provoking for most wood workers, the bulk of the work is refined woodworking, a slight variant on what all woodworkers do every day.
The talk will include lots of parts and tools to handle, and demonstrations of many of the techniques Doug thinks will be of interest, including joining, carving, bending, and gluing.
Refreshments will be served along with toe tapping music from one of Doug’s violins. Other Doug Cox instruments will be on display in the gallery.