Dean Shostak first heard about a glass violin in 2003. Since then, he has travelled to Japan where he had one made by the master craftsmen at the Hario Company. It took 6 months for a team of fourteen craftsmen to build the delicate instrument. It took a special heat-resistant glass to get the material thin enough for the instrument, and each component was hand blown. The body of the violin is all one piece of glass about 1/4 inch thick. It is hollow inside and has sound-holes on top. The whole instrument weighs 1.5 kg – considerably heavier than its wooden counterpart!

glass violin

Listen to the glass violin here.