You may remember a post back in September when I told you about Jim's latest project - a violin. Here's a link if you didn't see that post . . .
He's progressing nicely despite, according to him, being challenged by the scrollwork on the neck.
The violin is the highest-pitched instrument of the violin family in an orchestra. The other two are viola and cello. I'm not sure if he's going to make a viola or cello next :)
The violin was first known in Italy in the 16th century, but similar instruments date even earlier. You've certainly heard of a Stradivari, but both Amati and Guarneri violins are also prized.
It's not known who made the first violin, but it likely originated in northern Italy, the area near Milan. A painting called "Madonna of the Orange Trees" by Guadenzio Ferrari is the first record of a violin.
This is it.
We got to see a real Stradivari violin when we visited Florence almost exactly 3 years ago.
Here's the photo I took that day. We were in the Accademia Gallery museum which is also home to Michelangelo's David.
I think these "f" holes (or sound holes) have also been a challenge.
They look perfect!
On our first visit to Venice, we went to a fantastic concert of stringed instruments.
Here is a video of the same musicians we saw - Interpreti Veneziani - playing part of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Until next time . . .