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By Elisha Wells
The Wyatt Family loves music. Family members have played the fiddle since the 1880s, and they eventually turned that love into a business.
Since 2003, the Wyatt Violin Shop has been selling stringed instruments from all over the world, teaching students in various instruments, restoring and renting instruments, and practicing the meticulous art of violin-making.
Owner Allen Wyatt designs the violins. A self-taught craftsman, he made his rst vio- lin at home in the early 1990s. When he opened the shop with his son Matt, he moved his operation to the shop’s basement. Since then, they’ve expanded the store, and Allen now has a large workshop full of spruce, maple, glue, molds, and other materials used for restoring old violins and making new ones. He spends countless hours perfecting his craft.
“My favorite is the tenth ddle I made, which I gave to my dad, Bud Wyatt,” Allen says. “He plays on it regularly, and I like it best, so far.”
Creating a new violin is a time-intensive process that starts with a mold and ends with varnishing the instrument. Allen says it takes at least a month if he’s working long days, but it can take longer to create an instrument with great sound quality. Naturally, there’s a waiting list for his violins.