Violin maker & researcher David Beard

Violin maker & researcher David Beard

is creating a revival of the Old Cremona ways of violin making and design

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Hi, Violin maker and researcher, David Beard, here. 

This is a big task. We have a chance to change the world, or at least the world of classical strings.

Help me bring the old ways of violin making back into the world, the ways of the famous old makers of Italy & Cremona.

The music we love so much assumes performance on those wonderful classical instruments.  But the ways of making after ~1800 departed from the old paths.  Industrialized methods gave us many violins. But the best performers are now stuck competing with collectors and investors to acquire the true classical instruments they need. 

While the scope of string playing expands and the world keeps growing, the supply of properly made and designed historical classical instruments remains fixed.  

Changing this situation was the aim of my research over the last 10 years.  Building from work of many others, I wanted to close the various gaps in our knowledge so we would again be able to make instruments in the old ways. Now that primary research is done.  

After some 200 years of not knowing how to build in the old ways, we can at last 'Do as they Did'.  Once again, we can working entirely within the old traditions to create new instruments of entirely classical character, by entirely classical means. 

Oddly, as the world stands, 'Do as they Did' is a radical proposition.  I need your help changing the culture and bringing classical making back.

Join me in building a 'Cremona Revival'.


Tiers
Joiner
$3 or more per month

The traditional joiner (or jointer) working with planes and other tools to connect and shape wood boards.  Joiners were fundamental in so many kinds of wood working.   


The violin maker uses these skills to flatten and join wood in preparation to make the tops and backs of instruments.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         


(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Carver
$8 or more per month

The Carver uses chisels and gouges to sculpt complex 3 dimensional shapes.


The violin maker uses carving extensively, to shape the arching of top and back plates of the instrument, to shape the neck and scroll, and many other essential ways.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Alchemist
$22 or more per month

Part chemist, part philosopher, the alchemist explored the combination and transformation of materials.


The violin maker needs varnish and finishing materials, perhaps procured from an alchemist, perhaps prepared by the maker with  a certain knowledge of alchemy.



Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Andrea Amati
$50 or more per month

Andrea Amati


The founding maker of Cremona, and the father of the violin family.   It appears that Andrea combined the sophisticated design and building methods which can be seen in earlier Venetian work, and applied that to a viola design already developed in Brescia.  Then Andrea develop a whole range of sizes, giving us the violin family.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Antonio Stradivari
$120 or more per month

Antonio Stradivari


The most famous of all makers, and nearly mythic in stature.  



Guarneri Del Gesu
$250 or more per month

Guarneri Del Gesu


Rarer even than Stradivari.  Del Gesu is the last of Cremona's greatest makers.  For many soloists, their favorite maker of all. 


The pinnacle maker after ~500 years of design evolution.  The last before a rapidly changing surrounding world breaks the continuity of these traditions.



Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Hi, Violin maker and researcher, David Beard, here. 

This is a big task. We have a chance to change the world, or at least the world of classical strings.

Help me bring the old ways of violin making back into the world, the ways of the famous old makers of Italy & Cremona.

The music we love so much assumes performance on those wonderful classical instruments.  But the ways of making after ~1800 departed from the old paths.  Industrialized methods gave us many violins. But the best performers are now stuck competing with collectors and investors to acquire the true classical instruments they need. 

While the scope of string playing expands and the world keeps growing, the supply of properly made and designed historical classical instruments remains fixed.  

Changing this situation was the aim of my research over the last 10 years.  Building from work of many others, I wanted to close the various gaps in our knowledge so we would again be able to make instruments in the old ways. Now that primary research is done.  

After some 200 years of not knowing how to build in the old ways, we can at last 'Do as they Did'.  Once again, we can working entirely within the old traditions to create new instruments of entirely classical character, by entirely classical means. 

Oddly, as the world stands, 'Do as they Did' is a radical proposition.  I need your help changing the culture and bringing classical making back.

Join me in building a 'Cremona Revival'.


Recent posts by Violin maker & researcher David Beard

Tiers
Joiner
$3 or more per month

The traditional joiner (or jointer) working with planes and other tools to connect and shape wood boards.  Joiners were fundamental in so many kinds of wood working.   


The violin maker uses these skills to flatten and join wood in preparation to make the tops and backs of instruments.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         


(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Carver
$8 or more per month

The Carver uses chisels and gouges to sculpt complex 3 dimensional shapes.


The violin maker uses carving extensively, to shape the arching of top and back plates of the instrument, to shape the neck and scroll, and many other essential ways.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Alchemist
$22 or more per month

Part chemist, part philosopher, the alchemist explored the combination and transformation of materials.


The violin maker needs varnish and finishing materials, perhaps procured from an alchemist, perhaps prepared by the maker with  a certain knowledge of alchemy.



Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Andrea Amati
$50 or more per month

Andrea Amati


The founding maker of Cremona, and the father of the violin family.   It appears that Andrea combined the sophisticated design and building methods which can be seen in earlier Venetian work, and applied that to a viola design already developed in Brescia.  Then Andrea develop a whole range of sizes, giving us the violin family.


Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)  

Antonio Stradivari
$120 or more per month

Antonio Stradivari


The most famous of all makers, and nearly mythic in stature.  



Guarneri Del Gesu
$250 or more per month

Guarneri Del Gesu


Rarer even than Stradivari.  Del Gesu is the last of Cremona's greatest makers.  For many soloists, their favorite maker of all. 


The pinnacle maker after ~500 years of design evolution.  The last before a rapidly changing surrounding world breaks the continuity of these traditions.



Thank You! Thank You!    You're helping bring 'Cremona Revival' making into the world.         

(Acknowledgements, Thank You Gifts, Access, etc will be determined soon.)