I'm Madison! I am a multi-instrumentalist musician who specializes in violin. My whole life while learning to play the violin, I was always extremely curious as to the mechanics of how the darn thing works, but I could never get the answers I was looking for!
When I was in middle school, my class had to take woodshop, and while I was dreading it at first, I eventually discovered woodworking to be lots of fun! I actually loved woodworking, and it was then that I decided I wanted to learn how violins were made!
A few years passed and I met a violin luthier for the first time while buying a new bow, and he was kind enough to show me around his shop. I was blown away seeing violins in many different states of completion, it was like getting a sneak peak at a never-before-seen movie! It just reignited my desire to understand the inner workings of my instrument.
As an adult, I got a job working in sales in a local violin shop that had trained luthiers on staff. In between my sales duties, I would constantly go back into the shop and bombard the luthiers with questions about how violins are built, or the various repairs they were completing. Finally I started getting the answers I wanted! One day, one of the luthiers graciously offered to start teaching me and the others joined in.
Under the wing of three different violin luthiers, over the course of a few years I learned and completed a variety of different violin repairs, and certainly learned how the instrument works - Inside and out! Take a peak at the photo gallery below for some of the projects I've done!