Just the other day, a fellow violin maker and Southern California Violin-makers Workshop attendee, Anya, posted on her blog a photo of an instrument in her shop for repair. The post is here.
On the same day, I got a customer fiddle that is a relative, in spirit, of the one in Anya's shop.
This fiddle was built recently, in the 21st-century, and was built by the grandfather or uncle of the player. It is a treasured fiddle for that family, means a lot to them, and has at the very least the grace not to be another $100 violin-shaped-object (VSO) from some factory in China - even though the VSO might have more conventional design.
It's part of the fun in this business, seeing these one-off instruments that don't pretend to be anything besides an amateur's effort.