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American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins: The Art and Science of the Violin

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From the time of Stradivari, the mysterious craft of violinmaking has been a closely guarded, lucrative, and entirely masculine preserve. In the 1950s Carleen Maley Hutchins was a grade school science teacher, amateur trumpet player, and New Jersey housewife. When musical friends asked her to trade a trumpet for a $75 viola, she decided to try making one, thus setting in m ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by ForeEdge
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Peter McDermott
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Despite not playing a string instrument, I've read a couple of books about luthiers and generally find them fascinating. However, the one I'm reading at the moment is the best of all. American Luthier is the biography of Carleen Hutchins, and the subtitle is The Art and Science of the Violin.

In an era when women were supposed to be held back from doing stuff that men did -- the 1940's and 50's -- Hutchins broke into an extremely close-knit craft guild, and immediately began collaborating with to
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I learned a lot about sound and musical instruments (not just violins!) from this book. Those lessons alone make this highly worthwhile reading. Then, you have the bulk of the book, which is a biography of Carleen Hutchins-- really, a woman ahead of her time. She was a maker before makers, and a woman who attempted to have it all before women were attempting to have it all. I enjoyed this book very much, and would highly recommend it to anyone who plays a string instrument. A multimedia eBook pr ...more
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D. Quincy Whitney was born in Boston and raised in the northeast. She graduated with Honors in English from Wake Forest University. She was the primary arts feature writer for The Boston Sunday Globe New Hampshire Weekly for fourteen years. She was also Newsletter Editor for the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the American Textile History Museum. Prior to her writing career, she was a colleg ...more