The Redwood Violin Project on YouTube
-Lin Varrow, League Instagram and YouTube Maven
Over the past several weeks I have again visited the Santa Rosa workshop of Andrew Carruthers, a Sonoma County violin maker, or luthier, if you will. On my follow up visits it was interesting to see the violin begin to materialize.
Andrew stepped in front of my camera and discussed in detail the various types of wood he sourced locally to substitute for the lumber he normally uses from around the world when he creates his instruments. As noted in my previous article for the Baton, Andrew is creating this special violin using only materials he has sourced locally. He is even making his own varnish from the resin produced by local trees!
Andrew is kindly donating the Redwood Violin to the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra to benefit the young musicians in our community who will play and/or compose for this wonderful violin. The violin is set to debut in March with a special composition created by Gwendolyn Przyjazna, one of our many talented young musicians. Please check back on our league website or Facebook page for updates on the debut.
You may view all three videos of the Redwood Violin Project on Instagram or YouTube.