Born in Norway in a town dedicated to intricate woodcarvings, Reindahl immigrated to Chicago in 1870, at the age of 13. A self-taught maker with a distinctive style, he set up his own shop in the Athenaeum building of Chicago in 1885, where he gained a reputation as one of America's best violin makers. By 1910 he had moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and by 1930 he had made nearly 600 violins. This violin, from 1903, is an excellent example of his Chicago period. With a unique scroll, deep edgework and American maple on the back, it is easy to play and is in very good condition.