Late in his life,
Albert Aylor turned
and more to the art of violin- and guitar-making. According
records, there were 24 violins owned by Aylor at his death, and they
distributed among his children.
A rare photo found in a box
and probably taken by Aylor of one of his own violins
Many of his
violins - and possibly
his guitars - now exist in various private collections in Virginia and
elsewhere. The Soho Center has acquired an Aylor violin
and hopes to acquire a variety of
violin-related items, including Aylor's hand-drawn violin and
patterns as well as partially-completed violin bodies and
Two partially completed
violin backs on top of
ready for Aylor's
cutting and carving.
in-process Aylor violin neck from
Both the necks and
the bodies were cut on Aylor's
remarkable jigsaw (click here
to go to
our Aylor Jigsaw page).
Here is a
side-by-side view of the blank
shown above next to the neck of
Aylor's violin signed by Aylor, identified as No. 9, and
dated 1891 in
The violin and the neck
blank are shown on a box from
Aylor's shop along with a letter to Albert Aylor from one of his
experimented as he worked on
developing his skills
as a violin-maker. Here is a hand-carved tailpiece discovered
Aylor's violin items. Most likely, this was carved by Aylor
he resorted to manufactured tailpieces that appear on his violins.
Another example of
are these two fingerboards.
The one on the left is identified in Aylor's hand as "22" (see highlight
in insert) on the back side of the ebony.
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