The world’s first vegan violin gets Vegan Society Trademark

What stops musical instruments from being vegan?

In the past, horsehair, hooves, horns, bones and serosa, the outermost layer of the intestines of cattle, have all been used to create instruments including drum sets, piano keys, and guitar strings.

Instruments can also use animal-based glues in their construction, and lanolin or tallow particularly in the cleaning of drumheads.

Padraig, however, has created his violins, including the back, neck, ribs and scroll, without the use of any animal products.

Purfling inlay, the decorative strips around the edge of violins that can also help to hold the instrument together, are often inlaid with animal-based adhesives.

For his vegan-friendly violins, Padraig opted to make his own purfling inlay, using wild berries and local spring water.

Creator Padraig O’Dubhlaoidh said: “I learned a lot about my craft during years of research and ultimately, it was the science of conservation that brought about a series of breakthroughs leading to success.

“During my experiments, I also discovered that there are unforeseen advantages to a vegan violin.

“Apart from the benefit to animals, society, and our environment, it has become very clear than animal-based glues have harmful effects on violins, inducing powerful tensions on wooden components. The adhesive used in my vegan violins however, has no such effect. Irrespective of ethics, this is an acoustic improvement.”

He added: “With our planet facing crises on almost every front, the collective voice of people wanting a fairer future grows stronger every day.

“Ethical musicians are part of this movement and have long wished for a violin that is fully vegan yet retains all the qualities of the classic instrument.”

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