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Jon Berger Plays an Original Country Dance

Jon Berger Plays an Original Country Dance

https://youtu.be/bMjzJKXopMM Sebastopol fiddler Jon Berger composed this tune the style of an English Country Dance.  He is joined here by Rebecca King on piano; Jon and Rebecca are two thirds of the band Persons of Quality.  Jon’s wife Kalia Kliban, who made the pegs...

We Made the Cover of Strings Magazine!

We Made the Cover of Strings Magazine!

Strings Magazine is an internationally distributed violin trade journal, covering anything to do with the violin family of instruments. This is so gratifying! Thanks to every one who has been involved, this has been far from a solo effort. You can get a digital...

Kalia Kliban turns pegs for the Redwood Violin

Kalia Kliban turns pegs for the Redwood Violin

I talked with woodturner Kalia Kliban back in December about making some pegs for the violin. She had cleared some time in her schedule, done some research, made some jigs and tools and was now ready to turn the pegs. We visited her shop in late February to watch the...

RV Project Launch, Roughing the plates, making glue

RV Project Launch, Roughing the plates, making glue

On Monday we put out the first Redwood Violin Project Newsletter and reached out on social media. This represented the official launch of the project. As an experienced violinmaker, making a good violin out out of local materials has alway seemed doable to me, but...

Strings for the Redwood Violin

Strings for the Redwood Violin

The strings are the one part of the Redwood Violin that I am not planning to make myself. While it looks like a doable process it is quite involved and I simply dont have time at this point. A second reason is that modern synthetic strings sound different to...