Museu de Cordofones

So Domingos Machado was growing up in a working environment. Little by little began on notice that the work they did was not that he wanted to continue running. He wanted a more careful work, more perfect and elaborate, executed with much love and affection. But the dream would only come to fruition years later.
After the wedding, Domingos Machado, devoted and passionate about this art, decides to settle on his own, realizing his dream. To improve his knowledge, the craftsman received lessons in the Cidade Invicta (Porto), with a master of Casa Duarte, a respectable man of 80 years. After a while, the work of Domingos Machado was accepted everywhere where arrived. Through contact with the ethnologist, Dr. Ernesto Veiga de Oliveira, the artisan can broaden their knowledge on the wide variety of musical instruments that exists in our country and beyond, because of his connection to the collection of instruments of the Ethnological Museum of Lisbon, and gave Domingos Machado instruments in poor condition, damaged and old for restoration, and implement new ones. And so it was knowing "the world of instruments." It was the first craftsman, here in the North, manufacturing campaniças violas, beiroas, toeiras and other instruments with curious names.
Works for several national and international collectors; for professional musicians like Júlio Pereira, Janita Salomé, Ana Faria, Jose Mario Bronco, Pedro Barroso and others. Several popular music groups seek him, such as: Cantares do Minho, Maio Moço, Terra Brava (Santarém), Erva Doce (Loulé), etc. Academic Tunas, highlighting Braga, Aveiro, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Faro. It also has numerous orders for typical orchestras, in particular "O cancioneiro de Águeda", (escalabitana), de Santarém, Águeda, Alcanena, Rio Maior, Castelo Branco(Albicastrense), Mira D'Aire and Vila Nova de Ourém. Many strong folklore groups such as the Braga region, Famalicão, Braga and Viana do Castelo, who also use instruments made by him. Even signed his seal of approval on instruments for Danish groups, Spain, Holland and other countries. George Harrison, one of the former Beatles, has a viola made by Master Machado. Oliver Serrano, the first Beatles producer, used some instruments of his collection (on 10.20.1990). In return, he had his name out on two CDs The first in 1993 and second in 1994. It is entitled "Life for Life" and with the following dedication:. "Very special thanks to Domingos Martins Machado."
The nickname of Domingos Machado is "Violeiro" and he feels very proud of this epithet. Today, after half century of work, Domingos Machado is a recognized master in the art of making popular chordophones. When speaking of the tools that makes transpires all the affection and love I feel for this art.



The craftsman Domingos Machado was born in Aveleda, on 7 April 1936. He was the third child of ten children (eight girls and two boys). He did his primary education at the Escola da Torre in Aveleda. Always lived with his parents until marriage, except during military service.
He learned in the workshop of his father (Domingos Manuel Machado) the art of making instruments. At the time of his father, most of manufactured instruments were ukuleles and guitars braguesas. The work performed was sold at fairs. The guitars and mandolins were a bit rare, but the business houses prefer these instruments. At that time, there was much competition, Machado had to do more work to sell at a more affordable price. A ukulele cost about eighteen escudos (former portuguese coin).