University given Conan Doyle violin
Published 07/09/2010 | 13:50
A violin made out of a tree from the childhood home of Scots author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been presented to a university.
Edinburgh-based luthier Steve Burnett carved the instrument from a sycamore tree at Conan Doyle's home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. He lived in Liberton Bank House during his school years in the 1860s.
The violin was presented to Edinburgh University in a ceremony and will be added to the institution's extensive collection of historical instruments.
The instrument has been named Sherlock after the author's most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes.
In the novels, the detective was an accomplished violinist.
It is inscribed with the words: "Sherlock, 150th anniversary, birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, wood from sycamore at Dunedin School, former childhood home, Edinburgh, 22/05/2009."
Mr Burnett said Sherlock would be used for special charity concerts all over Scotland.
He was asked to create the instrument when rotten roots caused the tree to be felled last year.
He now plans to make two violins, a cello and a viola to create a string quartet next year.
Conan Doyle is one of several prominent Scottish authors who attended the University of Edinburgh, including James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.