photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This photograph from the 1940s shows violin maker Kitty Smith (1912-2005) hand carving the neck of violin. Kitty said:
Violin construction is a creative art – from the selection of fine materials to the family formulae for varnishes. Age alone cannot make a concert violin – the tone must be inbuilt with countless hours of work and a very strong love for the art.
The outstanding tonal merits and fine workmanship of Kitty’s instruments were recognised in 1949 when one of her violins gained a Diploma of Honour at the International Exhibition of violins held at the Hague.
This 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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