In Focus: A 1945 violin by Jens Nielsen Frost


Written by Jens Stenz

Jens Nielsen Frost was one of the liveliest and most extravagant characters in the history of Danish violin making. He was born in 1888 in the small town of Als, north-east Jutland, where his father was a carpenter and musician. Craftsmanship combined with music seemed a logical path for the young Frost to follow, and he first apprenticed in carpentry with his father. Aged around 15 he began learning violin making with Anders Rasmussen (1862–1933) in Aarhus. In 1908, aged 20, he was declared father to his first child, with a 17-year-old girl out of wedlock, as church records confirm…

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