Workbench Archive: Guarneri

New Models & Templates

This week I have been working on making new models, or patterns that I base my instruments on. I have decided to make a quartet of Guarneri instruments. The cello will be a Joseph Guarneri ‘Filius Andrea’, the viola an Andrea Guarneri, and the two violins will...
Posted by Michael Doran on August 21, 2009

The 2009 Violinmaking Workshop

I have returned from the Violin Society of America’s Violin Making workshop in Oberlin, Ohio. I feel like I am just settling back into my normal routine. The workshop is a unique experience. About 40 professional makers from around the world come together to learn...
Posted by Michael Doran on July 23, 2009

Madder Root

Madder root is a traditional material used for dyeing. Madder root has been used by people for thousands of years, most famously perhaps to dye Turkish carpets their distinctive red. The plants grew originally in what is now Afghanistan and now have been spread and cultivated...
Posted by Michael Doran on May 13, 2009