Studio Leroy Douglas Violins Eugene, OR

Old School Making Process

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

My early training in instrument making was with internationally recognized Viola da Gamba maker Mr. Charlie_Ogle. My area of interest and research has focused on the violin, the most challanging of the stringed instrument family. Both passion and commitment led me to Italy early on, in studying the secrets of the Renaissance makers. 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 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.

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

XIII Triennale Competition

In Cremona, Italy from 19 Sept. to 14 Oct., the International Triennial Competition of Stringed Instruments. The event in its 13th year is in an important opportunity for discussion by violimakers and musicians from all over the world.