Specialists in the violin family of instruments

16 Charles Street, Mt Eden
Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Ph. (09)630 8421
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8:30am-5pm Weekdays
9:30am-1pm Saturday

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June 19, 2017
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It’s 1977, first thing on Tuesday morning right after Queen’s Birthday Weekend. I climb two long flights of steep wooden stairs to the top floor of the old Browns Mill Building in Durham Lane. The stairs are familiar – there’s a violin workshop up there, and I’ve only recently graduated as a violin performance student.

But today I’m nervous; today’s the day I’m starting my violin making apprenticeship.

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(Photo David Nalden)

 

I would be working for Peter Madill and my apprenticeship was the only one on offer in New Zealand , and would be for a long time to come.

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(Photo Bill Nichol)

 

Here I am, not long after I started, earnestly adjusting something or other (a purfling cutter perhaps), and with my coffee mug perilously close to the edge of the bench!

That’s something I HAVE learnt not to do, in the intervening 40 years! Coffee mugs go to the back of the bench, where they’re less likely to get swept onto the floor by a passing scroll or errant elbow.

So what drew me into a life of wood chips and thumb planes and varnish and horse hair?

My Uni violin teacher, David Nalden, lent me the perfect chinrest – and then he wanted it back. What to do? I carved a fairly decent copy out of a hunk of rimu, ending up with something beautiful and useful that I’d made all by myself. Magic! After years of creating notes that would fade into the air and disappear, I had something I could hold in my hand, to show for all my hours of work.

I was hooked!

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(Photo Cath Newhook)

 

And forty years later, I’m still hooked!

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    Auckland's violin family specialists. We have an excellent showroom of quality instruments, strings, and accessories, and a wide range of violins, violas, cellos, and bows for sale and hire. We also offer expert restoration, repairs, bow rehairs and valuations.
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