All of these precise measurements and
careful considerations require keen
attention to the instrument and to a
player’s preference. In violin making,
the required attention to detail, where
every millimeter counts, you learn
the character traits of patience and
problem solving. I learn it too often.
Now it’s time for me to hand it
over to my daughter, who plays rather
well, to see if it passes the test. More
importantly, now it’s time to begin using
the new instrument to play music that
will honor our Lord. After all, it’s all in
vain if we are not doing it for Him.
As I mentioned at the beginning of
this article, not much has changed with
violin making in the past four centuries.
Following this introduction to the
process and the materials used to make
each instrument, I hope it’s now a little
easier to appreciate the craftsmanship
required to take a portion of a tree and
then, by hand, cut, bend, and carve it.
The result is a handcrafted tool made
of wood, an instrument that can be
used by a skilled musician, seemingly
easily, to create beautiful melodies.
It’s my prayer that your music
will honor and glorify the Master Artist who crafted you!
“Praise him with stringed instruments.”
(Psalm 150: 4)
Christopher Vasquez is married to
Melissa, and they home educate their
nine children in Tampa, Florida.
They work together in their family
business, which specializes in high-
quality, student to advanced, stringed
instruments. In addition to the
violin business, they have regular
opportunities to minister as a family
through music. Please visit their
(beginner to advanced instruments and
accessories) or www.HeirloomViolins
.com (personally handcrafted bowed
instruments by Chris), or contact them
by phone, (813) 789-1642 or email: