“First you have to build a mould. Once you have the mould, you can make as many fiddles as you want.”
Laurin has been working with wood all his life.
“I always use the best. With a lot of fiddles, the quality of the wood is not there,” he said.
He orders wood from around the world. His No. 25 violin is made of tiger maple from Germany for the side and back and chin rest. It has a spruce top. The chin rest also has inlaid ebony and mother of pearl.
The violin wood is treated with many coats of oil varnish, never lacquer. The back of the neck is left natural to give the musician better grip.
And old-fashioned woodworker, Laurin’s home is filled with his creations including a grandfather clock, a spinning wheel, a rocking…