2009 NEWS ARCHIVE
October 11-12, 2009 - Canadian Viola Society in Montreal
from the Canadian Viola Society event in Montreal, Quebec over
6, 2009 - Workshop Renovation Pictures
recently renovated the workshop at the new location. For pictures of
the transformation click the image below!
October 1, 2009 - NEW LOCATION!
Fine Strings is now in a new location in Ottawa's East End (Beacon Hill
North) at 2116 Fillmore Crescent, which is 15 minutes from downtown
near the intersection of Montreal Rd and Ogilvie Rd. For a map click
30, 2009 - Purfling in the Pear Wood Viola
now put the purfling in the viola. Click on the image below for
August 18, 2009 - See you at the Canadian Viola Society Celebration in
be at the Canadian Viola Society (CVA) 30th Anniversary Celebration in
Montreal, October 10. I will be showcasing my handmade instruments and
displaying some instruments that I currently have for sale. Please come
and find me and say hello!
The CVA website is www.viola.ca
August 15, 2009 - Construction of a Pear Wood Viola
Traditionally, the back, ribs and neck of a violin family instrument
are made of Maple. However, some other hardwoods are able to be and
have been used (Poplar and Fruit woods) to a good effect. Studies have
shown the acoustic resonance of other woods is comparable to
flamed/figured maple even though they might not be as commonly used.
Dr. Bernard Richardson (University of Cardiff, Wales) gave a talk on
this subject which I attended at Lutherie 2007. Inspired by this I have
begun making a Viola in the workshop with a fruit wood, specifically
Pear. Click the image below to see the progress so far on the back and
1, 2009 - finestrings.ca is live! and Happy Canada Day!
website is now live! Here you can find out all about me, the services I
offer, my handmade instruments and instruments that are currently for
Olivia in her downtown Ottawa workshop
Happy Canada Day!