Our Youngest Instrument:

A "30,000 year old violin" from 2020!

The wood of our youngest violin comes from a raised bog in New Zealand and is from a trunk that is over 30,000 years old. This wood has tremendous resonance properties. The sound of this violin surpasses everything we have created so far. (The instrument is already sold).

We still have individual pieces of this extraordinary wood for some other violins, violas and cellos, which will be made in our workshop in the next few months. Details

Violin Op.303 made from 30,000 Year old Wood

The Sound of Life's Unspeakable Beauty

Apart from German our first book Der Klang (Koesel Verlag Munich) was published in Korean, Bulgarian and English.

The German edition made it to the national Bestseller List (Spiegel-Bestseller) and was sold more than 100.000 times. The English edition was published by Eerdmans Publishing (Michigan, USA) in April 2020.

"A declaration of love to creation and to life itself..." Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian broadcast).

Further information from the publisher

368 Pages

The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty

Author Martin Schleske
Foreword by Makoto Fujimura
with photographs by Donata Wenders
Translated by Janet Gesme

HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 4/14/2020 ISBN: 978-0-8028-7614-0 Price: $ 24.99 Trim Size, in inches: 5.50 x 8.50 

Table of Contents

Translator’s Note

Preface: Creating Metaphors for Life

1. The Singing Tree: The Heart’s Search

2. The Tree’s Wisdom: The Beginning of Spiritual Strength

3. The Design: The Harmony of Opposites

4. Tone Colors: Beauty’s Vulnerability

5. The Arching and the Wood’s Grain: Belief as Reverence and Mercy

6. To Be an Instrument: The Beauty of our Calling

7. The Closed Sound: Belief in a Loving and Therefore Suffering God

8. Reworking the Violin: The Pain and Crisis of Faith

9. The Sculpture (I): The Meaning of Doubt

10. The Charisma of the Stradivarius: The Meaning of Grace

11. The Secret of the Violin’s Varnish: Reconciliation in the Diversity of Community

12. The Inner Fire: Living by the Holy Spirit

13. The Concert: From “Me” to “You”

14. The Sculpture (II): The Meaning of Beauty

Conclusion: A New Beginning

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