My little sister used to play viola, but it was expensive to rent from the music store and she didn’t want to be forced to play. I wanted to create a cheep but attractive instrument using mostly scavenged materials so she could play at her own pace.
This viola was entirely hand carved over the course of a summer using mainly recycled materials and no powertools. The body is made from red cedar leftover from a neighbour’s construction business, the fingerboard is made from massaranduba leftover from hardwood flooring, and the bridge is made from maple, rescued from a fire pit. Because the body is mostly solid wood, the sound is not as full as a traditional viola, however it's unique in its own way, and with amplification it becomes much deeper and fuller.