This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
This cello crafted by Carrie Scoggins is red-brown in color with a magnificent single-piece back. The sound is powerful and bright with lots of resonance. This is a great professional level instrument.
The back is formed from one piece of maple, slab cut and quilted in the middle transitioning to quarter cut at the flanks, marked by medium flame slanting slightly upward towards the sides. The wood of the scroll is similar to the back, with the ribs of quarter-cut maple marked by more medium-narrow flame. The two-piece spruce top has straight and narrow grain, widening towards the flanks. The instrument is covered with a red-brown varnish with a gold ground underneath. 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 – 75.2 cm
Upper Bouts – 34.7 cm
Middle Bouts – 23.7 cm
Lower Bouts- 44.0 cm
String Length - 69.1 cm
Punchy, Bright, Full