About Violins

Rod Ward''s violins, violas and cellos are constructed from carefully selected old materials, occasionally using native woods such as pear and willow, as well as the more traditional maple for back, ribs and scroll. A wide selection of wood is always available for commissioned work, from his ever growing stock of fine timber.

The instruments are finished with a particularly beautiful oil varnish made according to 16th century recipes, and very similar in composition to the old Italian varnishes. This varnish has great suppleness and visual depth, and is coloured with genuine madder pigments made in the workshop.

The sound produced by Rod Ward instruments combines warmth and depth with projection and evenness. It is always responsive to the player, and it continues to develop and improve for many years.

Rod Ward violins are handmade from the very finest materials available, and constructed in the old Italian manner. The instruments are made with wood from the same forests that the old masters used, and the finish is done with varnishes that are made according to old contemporary recipes. The result is instruments that have beauty, great dynamic range and quality of tone and carrying power.

The workshop usually makes violins based on the instruments of Guarneri del Gesu, principally the Baron Heath of 1743, the Heifitz of 1741, and the "Sainton" 1743. Other models of this, and other famous makers are available and can be made on request.

The violin pictured above is made in the late Guarneri del Gesu style c. 1742. The sides and back made are from the same deeply figured Bosnian Maple, and the front from the best Alpine Spruce.