Made in Brooklyn | The Violin Maker

Amazing to see such a succinct convergence of art and craft in one little four minute video. Filmmaker Dustin Cohen pays a visit to violin maker Sam Zygmuntowicz’s studio in Brooklyn to explore the precise art of making fine musical instruments. The film is the first part of the promising Made in Brooklyn series. I find it remarkable the commitment that Mr. Zygmuntowicz has to his clients and to the ongoing service to all of the violins that he has created, specifically staying in New York to support them.

Violin making is a fairly obscure talent, but one that is definitely worthy of awe by musicians and non-musicians alike. I look forward to seeing and learning more from Made in Brooklyn.

Comments on “Made in Brooklyn | The Violin Maker

    Brandon on March 6, 2012 6:48 PM:


    Boris on March 6, 2012 8:12 PM:

    You’d be surprised how violin making isn’t an obscure talent, especially in the USA which is littered with fine violin makers, Sam being one of the very top in the field. Great video.

    Andrew Lynch on March 6, 2012 8:23 PM:

    Ah, just in time for the new Andrew Bird record…

    philip on March 6, 2012 10:44 PM:

    Thanks for posting this wonderful portrait of Sam and his work.

    Rick on March 7, 2012 10:16 AM:

    That’s really neat. Thx for sharing.

    Duncan on March 9, 2012 12:35 AM:

    That was absolutely superb & inspirational. Thanks!
    I get a renewed sense of optimism when I see videos such as this, and it tells me that we CAN do really great things right here in America.

    I would rather listen to this guy, operating at ground level, with a renewed sense of honesty, illustrating what he offers to the public & how he makes a living, RATHER than self absorbed politicians such as Bill Clinton brainwashing the public during his tenure that NAFTA would be some sort of wonderful thing (…well actually it was, and continues to be, but only for boards of directors & top brass of mufti-national companies).

    We need to start paying attention to the right types of people again in America.

    It would be neat if some time you did a blog entry on Paul Reed Smith guitars over in Maryland. He makes astonishingly beautiful instruments here in the States. I have one of his instruments & it is a sublime guitar.
    I had a chance to meet him once, & he is an incredible, down to earth human being.
    Michael, you would be VERY impressed with is private wood stash & his team of people.

    Derrik Ollar on March 11, 2012 9:21 PM:

    Thank you for this beautiful piece on a master craftsman. Sitting here reading my favorite blogs on Sunday, this piece charged me up to be a better craftsman at my own trade starting tomorrow on Monday.

    Boris on March 12, 2012 10:17 AM:

    Kalissa on March 20, 2012 5:33 AM:

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I’ve always admired craftsmen who create such works of art to perform works of (musical) art.

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