This miniature violin and bow in a fitted case are hardly larger than a US quarter. Marvin Johnson may have worked as a mechanic and wood worker, and had a talent for working with his hands; however, his other talent was playing the violin. An accomplished symphony violinist as well as country music fiddle player, Marvin also liked to make miniatures.

Mr. Johnson took his knowledge of and love for violins to extremes by making a scale model complete with hollow body, strings, tuning keys, bow and a hinged case. The violin is on loan from the family of Mr. Johnson.

Exhibit added: April 26, 2011 - Last modified: May 26, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship