This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022
This cello by Carrie Scoggins with its stunning quilted one-piece back has a clear and punchy sound and is very responsive.
The back is formed from one piece of slab-cut quilted maple, marked by a slight bird’s eye figure scattered throughout. The scroll and ribs are made of more narrow flamed maple, with slight rippling on the ribs. The two-piece spruce top has straight and very narrow grain, widening at the flanks, with slight clawing on the upper treble side and more pronounced clawing on the lower bass side. The instrument is covered with a dark red-brown varnish and has been slightly antiqued by the maker, revealing a pale brown ground beneath. The cello is in new condition.
About the maker:
Carrie grew up playing the violin, and then viola, in Alamo, California. While attending college she became interested in learning how to make and repair violins. This led to a one year apprenticeship with a retired violin shop owner, Walter Archibald, who worked in San Francisco from the 1930's.
He was co-owner of Jacob & Archibald, 1945-1958. That experience confirmed her desire to pursue a career in the field.
In 1979 Carrie arrived in Salt Lake City to attend the Violin Making School of America. Graduating in 1983 she was then asked to teach the Varnish and Set Up classes at the school. Michael Scoggins, her husband, was the Woodworking instructor. They taught from 1984 – 1988.
Scoggins & Scoggins Violin Shop opened in the summer of 1988 in Salt Lake City. The shop served the string instrument community in Utah and the surrounding states for 28 years.
Carrie closed the retail shop in May 2016 to focus on the construction of new instruments to accommodate the increased demand for her instruments. She is focusing more on cellos and violas these days.
American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers
Violin Society of America
Length – 75.3 cm
Upper Bouts – 35.6 cm
Middle Bouts – 24.7 cm
Lower Bouts – 44.9 cm
String Length- 69.0 cm
Punchy, Responsive, Clear