A Violin by William Walker, labelled Broxburn, 1928

 

Walker - front   Walker - back

Born in 1859, Walker was a talented amateur maker who earned his living as a barber in the village of Mid Calder, near Edinburgh. One of around 150 instruments attributed to him, this fiddle is an original model, unlike his usual Strad and Guarneri patterns. The strong, compact scroll, pert corners and open centre bouts are particularly attractive.

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Walker - scroll   Walker - scroll   Walker - scroll
The two-piece back, ribs and scroll are of nicely-figured maple, the belly of good, straight-grained pine,
all covered in his own amber oil varnish over a yellow ground. Walker's workmanship is fine throughout,
with very nice purfling and edge detail. His instruments, much admired for their tonal quality, are highly regarded here in Scotland and beyond.
Walker - detail   Walker - side   Walker - side   Walker - front
This violin came to us with a damaged neck, which has had to be replaced...other restoration includes peg bushing and replacement of the lower left rib, which had somehow been crushed beyond repair. There are no current repair issues and, as with all our instruments, home trials are invited and interesting part-exchange offers always welcome.
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