Studio Leroy Douglas Violins Eugene, OR

Old School Making Process

Following the traditional construction system "Sistema Cremonese," refined by Antonio Stradivari late 17th- early 18th-Century. Proportionally designed and created through carving and sculpting—all handtools: planes, chisels, gouges, knives, files, and scrapers.

Both passion and commitment led me to Italy early on in studying the secrets of the Renaissance makers. My area of interest and research has focused on the violin; the most challenging of the stringed instrument family. By understanding the selection of materials and the working methods of the early master makers, coupled with contemporary research and insights, my instruments are created in the spirit of the Cremonese tradition: in beauty, tone, and playability. As a maker it is about cultivating a depth of sound, including tonal color: richness, warmth and complexity. Artistically speaking it is about line, proportion and form. Aesthetics complement sound. The combined result—bench made professional quality instruments at competitive prices. A few select instruments available at this time. Member of the Violin Society of America (VSA).

2015 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

2015 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

Mark your calendars April 25th – 26th, 2015 for the next Northwest Handmade Musicial Instrument Exhibit. It will again be held on the campus of Marylhurst University, near Portland, Oregon.   Map

The International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative

The International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative

Pernambuco has been used in the making of bows for over 250 years, enhancing the performance of stringed music for generations. Today, pernambuco is increasingly rare and endangered in many areas of its native habitat.

Triennale Competition Cremona, Italy

XIV Triennale Competition

In Cremona, Italy from September 4th - October 11th 2015, the International Triennial Competition of Stringed Instruments. The event in its 14th year is in an important opportunity for discussion by violimakers and musicians from all over the world.