Mar 092017
 

I recently visited Boston violin maker Christopher White in his studio. This is the forth installment of my series on musical instrument makers in New England. The shots may become the foundation for a magazine story or exhibit.

In over 25 years at his workshop, Christopher has made over 150 violins and violas and over 30 cellos. Inspired by the work of Cremona Italy masters Guarneri del Gesu and Antonio Stradivari, all the work is done using hand tools; with the exception of rough cuts made on a bandsaw.

Visit my posts about Tippin Guitars, Haynes Flute. S.E. Shires, Co. (brass instruments) and Christopher’s site.

Boston violin maker Christopher White shows a recently completed instrument, ready to be shipped to a customer.

A violin scroll and peg box in the studio of Boston violin maker Christopher White

Boston violin maker Christopher White stocks domestic and European woods.

The workbench of Boston violin maker Christopher White displays a violin body, top, neck and a shaping frame for bending the sides.

At the workshop of Boston violin maker Christopher White, instruments are displayed in various states of repair and/or completion.

 

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Aug 242016
 

In late August I visited S.E. Shires, Co. to photograph the crafting of custom trumpets and trombones. This is the third installment of my series on musical instrument makers in New England. The Shires plant in Hopedale, MA has been making brass instruments for devoted horn players since 1995. Most of the men and women who work here are musicians too. They’re using computer guided cutting tools and machines, early 20th century apparatus,  lots of small and large welders, and plenty of hands-on work to make each perfect instrument.

Visit my posts about Tippin Guitars and Haynes Flute.

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