In the spirit of the Violin of Peace project, you can create an idea for your community that will help build a culture of kindness through the gift of music.

The Violin of Peace was designed and built by Paul Davies and Julie Lyonn Lieberman will be taking it on tour to schools throughout Michigan, Seattle, Denver, Wisconsin, and Atlanta spring 2014.

The idea for the Violin of Peace was suggested to Julie Lyonn Lieberman by Greg Cahill, editor for STRINGS Magazine, when he read about her efforts to create a tribute to the victims of the Newtown tragedy.

The first 50 applicants will receive 1 set of Zyex violin strings (retail value $96) from D’Addario Bowed Strings

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About the Instrument:
The violin was designed and built by Paul Davies, who has created instruments for The Bob Dylan Band, The Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crowe,  Elvis Costello, Ketch Secor, Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier, and Stuart Duncan.

Master instrument maker Paul Davies’ mantra is respect for the past, vision for the future, and nowhere in his work is this more apparent than his Semi-Acoustic range of stringed instruments. Custom made, beautifully curvaceous, wired with custom-designed pickups and explosive sound capability, these are instruments like no other. His own brands, Arts Music and Spur Violins, feature stringed instruments from premium beginner instruments to his custom works, instruments of the highest order in the tradition of the old masters. Paul works with an deep understanding of the history of violin making, balanced by an appreciation for the technology and spirit of our own time.

Details About the Instrument:
Paul Davies chose a slab of American maple for the back. The other timbers are very old European white spruce (belly), plain maple (ribs), figured maple (neck), and maple from his scrap box for the scroll. As you may be able to tell from the photo, the instrument is antiqued, including the neck graft, peg bushings, patina and in fact every blemish has been carefully created to simulate the passage of time.

The violin is modeled after C.G.Testore and it has probably been Paul Davies’ most successful model. He likes using this design as it allows him some creative freedom given that Testore, the instrument maker, was not as consistent as Strad. He took some creative license in the modelling of the back on this particular instrument to make it much higher and fuller than a typical Testore for two reasons: first, he had the opportunity to create higher arching because of the piece of maple he was working with and secondly, his partner has a beautiful Nicola Amati violin which has very high arching, so he used that instrument as inspiration.