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Widemann Violins studio after earthquake

Christchurch Earthquakes

On 4 September 2010, Christchurch suffered from a major earthquake of 7.1 magnitude. It occurred in the early hours of the morning, which meant that the damage to buildings didn’t cause any fatalities. My workshop stood up fairly well, and all my instruments were fortunate enough to survive with no damage at all, even though all the shelves emptied themselves onto the floor. On 22 February 2011 we suffered from another major earthquake, 6.3 magnitude, and again I had some cleaning up to do in my workshop—although the violin I was working on at the time escaped damage again! This time, because the earthquake was very violent, only 5km deep, very close to the city centre, as well as occurring at lunchtime, damage was severe and the death toll over 180.

It is a very sobering reminder how quickly life can be totally changed, and how important it is to have our priorities right.


Strad article

My workshop was featured in the My Space section of the Strad Magazine, January 2011 edition. You can view the article here (PDF. 264kb)


2010 Trip to USA

Last year I travelled with my wife and 2 children to the States to attend the VSA Convention in Cleveland, and visit makers and players in the States. The Convention was a great experience in terms of relationship-building and sharing of knowledge. This year's convention was the biggest it has ever been and is an exciting indication of the amount of violin-making that is going on all around the world.