He’s a carpenter, hunter, fisherman and veteran, who, for many years, lived in the woods of Alaska. She’s a former gymnast who fell in love with the violin in ballet class. So on the face of it Ray DeMeo and Amanda N. Ewing don’t have that much in common. Except that they both want to make violins, and are both outsiders at doing it.

Watch this video to find out more about the friendship they forged when Ewing asked DeMeo to make her a new instrument.

Video by Hannah Long-Higgins in Tennessee.