My Way: Violin Construction From Start to Finish


Not only do I have to glue the top and back together, but I must make the final interior thematic decisions and "execute" my ideas before the top is glued on. Then the painstaking setting of the neck can begin. In just days now, a few odd looking parts will come together as a musical instrument.

Cello is glued Cello is glued Cello is glued

All the parts of a cello are finished. I glue them together and the instrument is ready to be varnished.

The glue is dry

The glue is dry and the inside of a viola is ready for any identifying pictures or labels requested.

Ink is appled to inside

Anne uses only very thin films of paint or in this case, inks, to create the internal worlds of her instruments. Here you can see the very first sketch inside as the idea emerges.

Ivy theme is developed

More flowers have appeared and the leaves have come into focus as the Primrose-Ivy theme is developed.

Interior painting complete

The interior painting is now complete. Next the top will be glued on finally making the body whole.

Viola with clamps
Viola with clamps
Cartoon of clamps

A viola back with all the clamps in place being glued to the rib assembly. A close-up of the viola back being joined to the ribs.

Cello is glued together

The body of a cello is glued together.

Viola top being glued

A close-up of a viola top being glued onto the back.

Setting the neck angle
Setting the neck angle
Setting the neck angle
Cartoon setting the neck angle

Setting the neck angle is extremely crucial to the final results as it determines the bridge height which is a big factor in the ultimate sound and playablility of an instrument.

2 violas complete 2 violas complete

Two violas complete, cleaned and ready for the all important varnishing procedure.