Matchstick violins

Robert Burghdoff's avatar Robert Burghdoff

"Matchstick violins" are two 14" standard sized violins made of wooden matchsticks, including a bow and case. Each violin is made up of about 6000 wooden matches, which were burned, most of the sulfur was removed, and put together with white wood glue. The violin plates were constructed upon a paper mâché mold and the curved sides required soaking and stretching the matches on a curved mold, prior to using them in the violin. The violins are beautifully crafted and can be played with excellent musical tone. The artist is an 86 year old gentleman who grew up in a family of musicians and plays multiple instruments. He is an accomplished musician who still performs regularly. He was inducted into the Michigan Fiddlers Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1987, he started making violins out of conventional materials and has made and repaired many stringed instruments over the last twenty-five years. The matchstick violins and accessories were created between 2002 and 2011.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12 inches
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 32 inches