A violin maker has made four instruments using wood from a tree
that Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle used to climb as a
boy. The 200-year-old sycamore stood in the garden of Conan Doyle's
childhood home in Liberton, Edinburgh. The tree was felled two
years ago because part of it was diseased.
Local maker Steve Burnett used some of the healthy wood in 2009 to make a violin to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Conan Doyle's birth. Burnett has now completed a separate quartet, nicknamed the Conan Doyle Quartet, which will make its debut at a Concert for Trees charity event in Edinburgh's Usher Hall on 26 November.