Speaker Meeting 30th October 2017

Andy Taylor - Amateur Violin Maker

The members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Andy Taylor to its speaker meeting at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook on Monday 30th October.

Andy, whose hobby is violin making, spoke about its history, the many parts and the ones he has made.

Andy Turner with a violin he made earlier

Making a violin may be done in different ways, many of which have changed very little in nearly 500 years. It's not just the Italians who make a top quality product but also the Germans. In 1724 the Stradivarius was first made and is recognised as the best there is with a value today of many millions.

A violin consists of a body, a neck, a finger board, a bridge, a soundpost and four strings along with various fittings.

Andy then opened up one of his violins and spoke about the many parts that he makes. This included the various types of wood, with the maple for the back and neck, and the willow on the side. He continued by showing examples of the grains and the two pieces on the back which when joined can not be seen.

Since taking up violin making as a hobby he has made 18, many he has given to family and friends.

Ian Viles gave the vote of thanks and said "It we have enjoyed your enthusiastic talk with a refreshing absence of the Power Point presentation"

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


23rd October 2017

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