Ihle Violins

Beauty may happen in the dynamics of lines, in the tension between strength and fragility, in the shimmering game between light and shadow ... This is what I love about violin making.

Making a del Gesu copy

Making a "copy" of a late del Gesu violin, I always find myself doing hideous things. But, hey, it will look really cool once it's varnished!

Filling gaps in the purfling channel with ebony fibres 

Filling gaps in the purfling channel with ebony fibres 

Right now, I am copying the 1740 ca "Heifetz". The top left corner of the back is insane- it's straight part of the white purfling strip being one of the "signature features" - a detail that stands out and distinguishes this instrument from all others. The fingerprint in the varnish on the table, which is said to be Heifetz's, is another.

"Signature corner" of the Heizetz del Gesu copy

"Signature corner" of the Heizetz del Gesu copy

Viola, that is it varnished!

Viola, that is it varnished!

Background image by Sophie Lewisohn.