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11881Ralph Warren Stanley's First Lion's Head Violin Scroll
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • 1955
Ralph built his first violin, the “Underwood” violin, in 1955 using a birch stair tread from the demolished Underwood cottage, “Squirrelhurst.” The tradition of Lion’s Head scrolls goes as far back as at least the 17th Century when Austrian Jakob Stainer, “one of the great violin makers of all times” made his Lion’s Head scroll violins.
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Ralph built his first violin, the “Underwood” violin, in 1955 using a birch stair tread from the demolished Underwood cottage, “Squirrelhurst.” The tradition of Lion’s Head scrolls goes as far back as at least the 17th Century when Austrian Jakob Stainer, “one of the great violin makers of all times” made his Lion’s Head scroll violins.
14445Ralph Stanley's Albino Violin
  • Reference
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Stanley - Ralph Warren Stanley (1929-)
Ralph built his third violin, the “Albino Violin” in 2009. As with his first two violins, Ralph carved a Lion’s Head scroll for it. He says this violin is the “best so far.” The top is carved (not steamed) cedar wood and the bottom is carved poplar wood. He carved the lower block and top nut from old ebony piano keys. Vittoria (Vitelli) McIlhenny, Mrs. Alan McIlhenny of Northeast Harbor, purchased the “White Violin” for her collection in 2010.
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Ralph built his third violin, the “Albino Violin” in 2009. As with his first two violins, Ralph carved a Lion’s Head scroll for it. He says this violin is the “best so far.” The top is carved (not steamed) cedar wood and the bottom is carved poplar wood. He carved the lower block and top nut from old ebony piano keys. Vittoria (Vitelli) McIlhenny, Mrs. Alan McIlhenny of Northeast Harbor, purchased the “White Violin” for her collection in 2010. [show more]
14450Ralph Stanley's Secundo Violin
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  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
Ralph built his second violin, “Secundo”, in 2008. Ralph had made a Lion’s Head scroll for his first violin and he did it again when designing Secundo.
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Ralph built his second violin, “Secundo”, in 2008. Ralph had made a Lion’s Head scroll for his first violin and he did it again when designing Secundo.
10204Ralph Warren Stanley's Underwood Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
Ralph's signature can just be seen through the F Hole of the violin upon close examination of the instrument.
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Ralph's signature can just be seen through the F Hole of the violin upon close examination of the instrument.
10238Ralph Warren Stanley's Albino Violin - Lion's Head Scroll
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2010-03-22
  • Southwest Harbor
10236Ralph Warren Stanley Playing his Albino Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • People
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2010-03-22
  • Southwest Harbor
10239Ralph Warren Stanley's Albino Violin - Back
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2010-03-22
  • Southwest Harbor
10240Ralph Warren Stanley's Albino Violin - Back
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2010-03-22
  • Southwest Harbor
10237Ralph Warren Stanley's Albino Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2010-03-22
  • Southwest Harbor
14449Ralph Stanley's Underwood Violin
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  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
Ralph built his first violin, the “Underwood” violin, in 1955 using a birch stair tread from the demolished Underwood cottage, “Squirrelhurst.”
Description:
Ralph built his first violin, the “Underwood” violin, in 1955 using a birch stair tread from the demolished Underwood cottage, “Squirrelhurst.”
14447Spurling Violin
  • Reference
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Stanley - Ralph Warren Stanley (1929-)
"Meanwhile I played a violin that I had bought from Millard Spurling. This violin had a mother of pearl inlay on the back. Millard had bought the violin from George Joy [George Jacob Joy (1861-1936)], who I believe taught school at Great Cranberry Island. Millard had intentions of learning to play but never did. After his wife died he had a lady friend at Ellsworth who had a daughter going to school who wanted to take violin lessons so he let her borrow it. When he got it back it was damaged. He had it for a number of years before he sold it to me. I repaired it and that gave me something to play while I scraped the varnish off the one I made. I intended to re-varnish but didn’t get to it so it set around in this condition for years. While playing at the Grange Hall at Northport I miss-stepped and fell off the stage with the Spurling violin in my hand. I was not hurt but the top was in splinters." - "Fiddle Making" by Ralph Warren Stanley, 2010. Ralph has since repaired the "Spurling Violin."
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"Meanwhile I played a violin that I had bought from Millard Spurling. This violin had a mother of pearl inlay on the back. Millard had bought the violin from George Joy [George Jacob Joy (1861-1936)], who I believe taught school at Great Cranberry Island. Millard had intentions of learning to play but never did. After his wife died he had a lady friend at Ellsworth who had a daughter going to school who wanted to take violin lessons so he let her borrow it. When he got it back it was damaged. He had it for a number of years before he sold it to me. I repaired it and that gave me something to play while I scraped the varnish off the one I made. I intended to re-varnish but didn’t get to it so it set around in this condition for years. While playing at the Grange Hall at Northport I miss-stepped and fell off the stage with the Spurling violin in my hand. I was not hurt but the top was in splinters." - "Fiddle Making" by Ralph Warren Stanley, 2010. Ralph has since repaired the "Spurling Violin." [show more]
6104Ralph Warren Stanley Playing his Spurling Violin at the Library
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • People
  • Corson - Sarah Corson
  • 2004-07-25
  • Southwest Harbor
  • 338 Main Street
10713Ralph Warren Stanley Playing His Spurling Violin
  • Image, Photograph, Photographic Print
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • People
  • Richardson - Charles Richardson
  • 1975 c.
  • Tremont, Bass Harbor
10202Ralph Warren Stanley Playing his Underwood Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • People
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
10203Ralph Warren Stanley Playing his Underwood Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • People
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
10205Ralph Warren Stanley's Underwood Violin - Lion's Head Scroll
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
10206Ralph Warren Stanley's Underwood Violin - Back
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
10207Ralph Warren Stanley's Secundo Violin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor
10208Ralph Warren Stanley's Secundo Violin - Lion's Head Scroll
  • Image, Photograph
  • Object, Musical, Stringed Instrument, Fiddle, Violin
  • Riebel - Charlotte Helen (Riebel) Morrill
  • 2009
  • Southwest Harbor