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Joe McHugh


Rosin the Bow

An audio journey through the world

of the violin family



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"The extremely stormy weather that at the end of October struck the forests of the Fiemme Valley, in some areas in altitude damaged also the resonance spruces, uprooting the trees. These perfect logs, grown for 150-200-250 years with very fine and straight grain, are used for making musical instruments.

They are quite rare: only a few among the spruces have the right characteristics for the music. We got immediately in touch with the forest Authorities, the management of the Magnifica Comunità di Fiemme, the forest guards of the Municipalities, meeting a great cooperation and helpfulness. However, considering that the yearly requirement of wood we generally use is of 350-400 cubic meters, we must try to save about 1300/1500 cubic meters of tone wood, that represents the quadruple of our annual needs. It is necessary to collect the wood immediately, as if the logs remain into the forest on the ground, starting from next June, with the hot summer weather, they will be damaged by the moulds and the insects and they can be used for the packaging production or as burning wood. For our small factory this challenge is colossal, both for the time and energies involved, as well as for the great economic commitment, considering the value and the price of this kind of wood.


For this reason we have decided to promote this Crowdfunding “Save the Stradivarius’ tonewood “, asking people very sensitive to music and to nature to help us in this purpose. There are two modalities/ categories : Luthiers and customers of the E. Ciresa srl, who can deposit an amount as advance payment on future orders,that can be made anytime for products cut for their use. We will emit an invoice for the payment on account. Private citizens and friends who, against the deposit of an amount, will receive an obligation letter from the E.Ciresa srl with the warranty to refund the money within 2-3 years.

All the people joining this initiative will receive, besides the documents, a personalized gadget of Fiemme spruce with a violin shape, as sign of their engagement to save the wood of music. "


Amounts proposed :

Save a small log of Stradivarius’ tone wood: € 80,00

Save a big log of Stradivarius’ tone wood: € 150,00

Save a tree of Stradivarius’ tone wood : € 300,00

HOW YOU CAN HELP - THIS IS FROM THE CIRESA TONEWOOD WEBSITE LINK ABOVE

VIOLENT WINDSTORMS HIT VAL DI FIEMME

EMERGENCY EFFORTS TO SAVE PRECIOUS TONEWOOD

EPISODE 33 - Joe visits the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. to look at paintings with a violin theme. Click here to take the visual tour of our podcast.