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Jonathan Cooper Violins
Date: 2/23/2013 Album ID: 1615873
Photos by Tim Greenway
Jonathan Cooper works on a violin in his shop in the historic Hay Building in Portland on February 21, 2013. Cooper has been making violins for 35 years and in November of 2012 he moved his shop, Acoustic Artisans, a block to the Hay Building on Congress Street.
Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Jonathan Cooper works on a violin in his shop in the historic Hay Building in Portland on February 21, 2013. Cooper has been making violins for 35 years and in November of 2012 he moved his shop, Acoustic Artisans, a block to the Hay Building on Congress Street. Cooper creates 10 violins a year with each one taking a month to make. The best part of his job, according to Cooper, is that he is doing exactly what he wants to do because it is interesting, creative, and it involves music.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Jonathan Cooper looks out over Congress Street in Portland on February 21, 2013. Cooper plays violin and has played the fiddle for over 40 years. “The instruments evolve over the years just like the music but the basic way of making a violin has not changed,” according to Cooper.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- 1-	A 5-string violin, left, and a 5-string viola rest on the workbench of Jonathan Cooper in his shop at Acoustic Artisans in the historic Hay Building in Portland on February 21, 2013. Cooper built the instruments and is doing normal maintenance on them for a local musician.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- A variety of brass and steel finger planes and maple wood shavings rest in a box on Jonathan Cooper’s beech wood workbench in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Jonathan Cooper uses a finger plane to shape the arching of the back of the violin in his shop at Acoustic Artisans in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Mapple wood shavings rest near a F-hole on the top of a violin in Jonathan Cooper's shop in Portland on February 21, 2013. The purpose of F-holes is to help acoustic instruments project their sound more efficiently.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- A stained glass piece featuring the top of a violin created by Maine artist Laura Fuller hangs in a gallery window at Acoustic Artisans in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Jonathan Cooper and Jack Devereux of Ashville, N.C. discuss the corners of an outline in Cooper’s shop in the historic Hay Building in Portland on February 21, 2013. Devereux, a violin player, has been learning how to make violins from Cooper off and on for the past year.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- In November of 2012 Cooper moved his shop, Acoustic Artisans, into the historic Hay Building in Portland on February 21, 2013. The Hay Building was built in 1826 and dispensed medicines and flavored syrups for drinks in the 19th century.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Violins hang in a cabinet filled with books on instrument making in the gallery at Acoustic Artisans in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- 1-	Jonathan Cooper shapes the feet of a violin bridge with a knife in his shop in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer -- Jonathan Cooper fits the bridge on a violin in his shop in Portland on February 21, 2013.
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