Former Cellist Creates the World's Smallest Violins
David Edwards, age 76, is a former professional cellist who played with the Scottish National Orchestra but made a very interesting career change, though one that perhaps can involve just as much dexterity; he became a miniaturist. The career started when he began making furniture for his daughter’s doll house, and then eventually became a full-time profession. Considering his work creating doll house miniatures and tiny versions of household items, he decided to take on the challenge of expanding the craft to the very intricate stringed instrument. Edwards experience as a musician gives him an edge in this segment of the miniature world, as he says, “I know what a violin looks like, that’s why I have a big advantage over other people where making violins is concerned.”
The miniatures are modeled after Stradivarius violins. They are one twelfth scale of a full size violin, 1.5 inches long. Putting it in perspective, they are smaller than a normal violin’s tuning pegs. Though tiny they are by no means a cheap novelty and it does not hurt that they are made by a real orchestral musician. Edwards wanted to make them even smaller but wishes them to have all of the recognizable detail of a violin. He claims that his pieces have the most detail for their size. Since they are so intricate each one takes a few months to make.
Though playing this violin (which of course comes with a miniature bow) won’t really produce much of a sound, contact us to learn about the world of violin, cello, and double bass and learn to master a full-sized instrument.