making process

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Descriptions and pictures of the making process

Where a violinmaker lives

ImageThis article was originally written in Afrikaans by Schalk Schoombie and appeared in the Lééf magazine of June 2006.

Albertus Bekker knows violins inside out. His dreams are filled with shavings, glue, gouges and sensual curves in wood.


'Davidoff' cello

I am building a cello inspired by the famous 1673 ‘Davidoff’ Stradivari cello as played by Jacqueline du Pré and Yo-Yo Ma. I didn’t take pictures of the very first few steps including the making of the one-piece mold and the ribs etc, but I will try to document the building process going forward in more detail.

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