Felipe was awarded work experience with Edinburgh-based Neil Ertz in 2015. Felipe writes:
“During my workshop experience with Neil I made the purfling in both plates, the back arching and almost finish the belly arching. I enjoyed a lot learning how to recreate the character of the Guarneri del Gesu purfling, trying to make it looknatural. During the time I was in his workshop there was time to talk about different aspects of violin making like antiquing, set up or ideas of construction.
The pictures are of my first antiqued violin and my first violoncello da spalla. This violoncello da spalla is very special to me because I was involve in a big project of research. I have created this model around the string length and body stop. I tried to make a Cremonese character for it but finally all the important decisions were based on the acoustics results.”