This violin, known as "Meg," is modeled after Fritz Kreisler's 1733 Guarneri del Gesu', and
was completed by Thurmond Knight in August, 2009. The Sitka spruce
used for the top is from Bosnia. The two piece highly
flamed maple back, neck and ribs, are from Bosnia. Gentle antiquing with
oil varnish has given the violin a golden-brown luster.
Thurmond was commissioned to make this instrument by Mel Pitts as a 30th
wedding anniversary gift for his wife, Meg. They reside outside
Denver, Colorado. Traveling to Vermont in the spring of 2009, Mel
surprised Meg with a visit to my shop where they met me for the first time
and were able to pick out the wood and model of the instrument to be
constructed. Thurmond completed the violin in a little over 4 months
and shipped it out to Meg in August, 2009.