photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This image shows violin maker Kitty Smith(1912-2005) carving the edge of a violin. Kitty made all her instruments by hand. She stated:
The construction of a violin is a complex task and involves a great deal of precision. I work in the cremonese style and use only hand tools. The instruments I have made have been based on Stradivarius, Guaneri and my own personal models. I don’t copy other makers. I have made 4 cellos, 5 violas and more than 30 violins, all based on early Italian methods of construction.
This photograph dates from the 1940s. It is one of a series of photographic prints given to the Museum when we purchased a string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) made by Kitty Smith.
Post by Lynne McNairn
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