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David Doucet Violins

"I grew up working with wood," says David Doucet. "My dad was a great carpenter." Doucet also grew up with music, beginning with accordian at age six, then rock guitar in his teens (he played the club circuit in LA), and eventually the violin, as a music major at UCSD. "I never went back," says Doucet, who continued to play violin in small ensembles while he worked at remodeling and bike repair along the "hippie circuit" north to Santa Cruz, to Nevada City, and to Eugene in 1976. After two years learning violin repair as an apprentice in Seattle in the late 80s, he had a violin shop inside the Pacific Winds music store through the 90s. "There's no substitute for working next to talented people," says Doucet, who went back to Seattle for six years in the violin shop of Rafael Carraba. But tiring of big-city life ("I love the outdoors"), he returned to Eugene in '05. In October of '07, he opened David Doucet Violins at 21 E 28th (also at doucetviolins.com). "I'm into it because of love of music," he says. "I like to work with people who make music. My latest passion is Celtic music on the violin."

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 31 January 2008

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