January 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

I completed my first violin on 24 May 2016. It took me three and a half years, working two days a week at the violin workshop run by master luthier Louis Caporale. It is the first of what I hope will be at least ten to fifteen violins I will make (I can’t imagine that at 82 years of age I will live to make make more). It is still new so the sound has not yet matured. When it does I hope the sounds it makes will be at least satisfying.

The violin is a copy of a violin made by Ferdinando Garimberti in 1947, but with f holes from a Stradivarius 1727.

I named the violin “Masumi” after my wife and I dedicated it to my mother Isabella who instilled in me a love of music.

See also an earlier post about my violin-making, “81 year old violin-maker’s lifetime dream” (April 19, 2016).


81 year old violin-maker’s lifetime dream

April 19, 2016 § Leave a comment


This article about my lifelong dream of learning to make violins was published in The Japan Times newspaper on April 7, 2016. Click on the link below to read it.





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