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Master luthier Jonathan Cooper will be teaching a one-week lutherie class at the Acadia Trad Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine from June 28 - July 3, 2020. At his shop in Portland, Maine, Jon has made over 400 instruments in the last 40 years. His fiddles are played by many of the world’s best performers in trad music. In this one week workshop intensive, students will work together on a fiddle that will be completed in the white – no varnish. The workshop is appropriate for intermediate and advanced makers but can be a good beginning foundation as well for those interested. Students are welcome to bring an instrument they are working on and get guidance from Jon in working on their own instrument. The class will cover an introduction to design and construction in all important aspects. There will be hands on demonstrations as well as access to an extensive personal library and direct examples of work from famous makers. Daily talks on varying subjects including history, maintenance, set up and sound production will be open to the camp at large as well. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools, however a limited number of tools will be available for students who do not have all the necessary equipment. This class has a $40 lab fee payable when you arrive. NOTE: Only 6 slots are available for this course. Register early to guarantee your space! --- The Acadia Trad Festival, to be held June 28-July 3, 2020, is a week of classes, workshops, concerts, community dances and music sessions held at the College of the Atlantic campus on the shores of Frenchman Bay in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 2020 Acadia Trad Festival will focus on Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, and Québecois music and dance styles, and boasts a world-class faculty. Major classes are offered in fiddle, songs, bodhran, guitar, bouzouki, harp, cello, flute, whistle, accordion, concertina, dance, live audio production and fiddle-making. Additional instruments and genres are offered as afternoon workshops. For more information, and to register or purchase concert tickets, please visit https://acadiatradschool.org.
Here's an interesting photo of a violin maker's shop, from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/C1905-Stereoview-SV-Country-Violin-Maker-Workshop-Mercer-Maine-by-W-H-Harris-/390855990659 It is comfortably cluttered, and will perhaps look familiar, one of the eternal verities of the luthier's profession. This man will be one of the two hundred or so violin makers who proliferated in Maine between about 1880 and 1910, and produced at times some very nice instruments. He may have a real bench, but it doesn't show here; the low bench to his right seems to me very much like one of the common shoemakers' benches of the period, and I wonder if this was not a workbench. Then again, he looks comfortable in his chair, and may have done a lot just sitting there. What I find especially interesting is the caliper in his right hand, which looks like a commercial product, not homemade. It's a stereo view, and the starting price is too much for me, though I have to say I would dearly love to have it.