ADAM EDWARDSTo undertake advanced training in traditional Hardanger fiddle making - Norway
Adam Humphreys was born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania. He trained as an Navy Clearance Diver ( CD23 ) and five years later as an Architectural Draftsman. It was while living in Sydney, he began to make furniture and learn antique restoration work. In 1995 he began violin making, initially with considerable input and assistance from John Godschall Johnson.
After moving to Hobart, Tasmania in 1998, Adam met Douglas Finlay ( Newark trained ) who has mentored him for many years. Adam has studied Finlay’s approach to violin making which involves the adjustment of the frequencies of the violin, combined with a varnishing process that enhances these qualities.
Adam changed his surname when he married his partner Alison Edwards and now lives and works from their home in West Hobart
My time with Salve in Norway included practical demonstrations in the making and adjustments of Hardangers, including the opportunity to study antique fiddles of significance that had come in for repairs.
Salve proved to be very generous with his knowledge, and went to great lengths to ensure I understood the principles he was demonstrating.
I then attended folk festivals to meet with musicians. I found the Norwegian folk community to be welcoming, friendly, and interested in my pursuit of understanding all aspects of the Hardanger fiddle.
They were thrilled to see the Hardanger that I had built from Tasmanian timbers and readily gave feedback on what they thought could be improved.
Folk Museums were an excellent source of information. Mainly because their philosophy is to preserve instruments in original condition, giving an insight into the construction techniques used in times gone by.
Side trips included:
• Kuntshistorics Museum in Vienna
• Czech Museum of Music in Prague
• Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford
to study the classical cousin of the Hardanger fiddle the Viola D Amore and instruments by the great Italian masters Nicoli Amati, Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesu.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
Since returning from my fellowship I have been featured in the Tasweekend, received a “Premiers commendation for Excellence” at the Deloraine craft fair, completed a documentary for ABC open and have just returned from being the featured artist at the Melbourne woodworking show.
I would like to thank the Board for putting their trust in me. This fellowship has changed my life and is still being warmly received by our community.