Now that the violin is playable, I'm starting to relax. It's a nice feeling! It's the same feeling you get after Christmas morning.
In terms of dimensions, the violin is on the more petite or delicate side, but just a little. I chose to model this violin after the Del Gesu Plowden. I haven't made one like it for a while and I wanted to see how well I could bring out the tone in a smaller body. Usually violins don't sound their best when you first string them up. However, this one has been improving as the day moves on, and I can tell there's lots of potential to bring out wonderful things in this instrument. For now, it just needs some time to settle and adjust to the tensions from the strings. Then I will figure out my next adjustment. In the meantime, I have a lovely violin to play over the festive season and I am very grateful that I have the ability to create items from wood that produce such lovely sounds.
Speaking of gratitude, I appreciate all the support from family, friends and clients which allows me to continue to work my wonderful craft. You know who you are.