Writings by James McKean

A selection of writings by McKean, including essays, articles, and a memoir.

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The Scroll (Strings Magazine - Apr. 2017)

"Let's Dance" - Discovering the system of design used to create a scroll is a complex errand - and somewhat beside the point. Full article PDF here.

The Varnish (Strings Magazine - Mar. 2017)

"A Glow From Within" - Violin varnish is a thing of beauty, but not of protective strength. Full article PDF here.

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The Purfling (Strings Magazine, Sept. 2017)

"Ancient Art in a Crumbling City" - The importance and sophistication of purfling - and the dangers of making it in the bathtub of a New York apartment. Full article PDF here.