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The Gordons of Stoneyford,Co.Antrim-Violin Makers -by Michael Costello

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The moulds and templates of Hugh Gordon.

Michael Costello with a Gordon Mould
In Peter Boardman`s atelier


Donaghadee,Co.Down is the home of the well known violin maker Peter Boardman.Mr.Boardman has in his possession a set of moulds which came from Hugh Gordon`s workshop originally and were passed on by various violin enthusiasts.I took the first 4 photos shown here with Peter`s kind permission.



The `Gordon ` stamp

External mould as made and used by Hugh Gordon 


Neck Pattern

Neck pattern

Pattern from 1850

Bog oak fingerboards as used by Hugh Gordon

All research on this site was carried out independently by Michael Costello between 1978 and 2005.All photos and information are the property of the author and may not be copied or reproduced without his permission.

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