Violin Sculpture

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Project by HamrickWoodwright posted 05-21-2010 06:19 AM 4549 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From The Master’s Hands” commemorates the woodworking heritage and arts’ history of the Catawba Valley area. This unique work of art was conceived and sculpted by Eddie Hamrick and presented, as a gift, to The Western Piedmont Symphony as a means to raise funds to further advance artistic musical excellence in the Unifour area.

“From The Master’s Hands” captures in minute detail the intrinsic relationship between the craftsman and the musician. The sculpture, created from the woods of nature, depicts the progressive component construction of a violin from conceptual drawings to the completed instrument. Wood carving, lathe turning and hand sculpturing were employed and over 300 hours dedicated to the sculpture’s creation.

The violin diagrams are reproduced from actual plans of Antonio Stradivari, the greatest violin maker of all times. The tools are exact, working 18th Century reproductions – bow saw, lathe, planes, woodcarving chisel and marking gauges – the instruments of the woodworker used to create the ultimate masterpiece within the progression, the violin.

The base of “From The Master’s Hands” is a reproduction of a 16th Century violin maker’s work bench. Overall dimensions of the sculpture measure 40 inches in height and 22 inches in width. Both foreign and domestic woods, those same woods prized by the furniture industry to create articles of function and beauty, were employed abundantly in the creation of “From The Master’s Hands’: Maple, Walnut, Ash, Cherry, Ebony, Carpathian Elm, Teak, Paduck, Rosewood, Norwegian Spruce, Mahogany, Pecan, Hickory, Willow and Pernambuco represent the combination of flexibility, strength and beauty required by the artist to create this masterpiece.

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 06:22 AM

Was this recently? Do you know how much they raised? It’s certainly an eye catcher.


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#2 posted 05-21-2010 06:24 AM

This is a most unique sculpture

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 06:29 AM

Yep, that’s gonna leave a mark.

-- Jim

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 06:32 AM

No this was actually done about 10 years back and it is currently on display at the Hickory Museum of Art

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 06:36 AM

that is way cool….....

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 06:37 AM

Very unique. Thanks for sharing that with us. Admirable work.


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#7 posted 05-21-2010 11:00 AM

Unique sculpture.


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#8 posted 05-21-2010 12:39 PM

That’s a nice piece of work! Beautiful. I’ll have to check out the museum and see it in person next time I get down the mountain.

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#9 posted 05-21-2010 02:01 PM

Certainly museum quality. I wonder how craftsman built over how many hours?

Beautiful work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 02:08 PM

I`m speachless. This is probally the most inspiring piece of art I`ve had the
privilege of seeing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#11 posted 05-21-2010 02:40 PM

Awesome job, i know it took a lot of work to make that sculpture. Beautiful. One of my early goal was to make a violin, but with my skills and patience i don’t know if i could make a dulcimer.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 05-21-2010 03:16 PM

Exquisite detail and design. It is indeed a true master piece. Outstanding craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 05-21-2010 08:55 PM

Exquisite attention to detail, a masterpiece.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 05-21-2010 08:57 PM


-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#15 posted 05-21-2010 11:53 PM

All I can say is WOW/EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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