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Found 13 results

  1. 2017 Violin Makers Workshop

    Who is planning on attending this workshop in Fredricksburg, VA? Joe Thrift is the instructor. Details are here.
  2. Article on bow head design

    A year or more ago I remember finding an article about bow head design. It very well could have been in two parts and also discussed frogs and/or buttons, but the head part is what is sticking with me. The article compared two or three well known makers one of which was Lamy, with the original design of a modern maker. It discussed the choices that can be made in designing a head, with some photos of the bows in question that allowed you to really see the differences that can be made with the curve of a throat, nose, and footprint, as well as some other decisions. I believe it was a .pdf linked from his website, and there is a possibility it was published somewhere. I am revisiting my templates again and found it helpful to have that information as a jumping off point. I have searched online and I'm not having any luck, but if someone has it bookmarked or knows what I'm talking about, I would greatly appreciate a chance to reread it. Thank you for your help.
  3. Hello, I have a piece of maple one piece back for sale. It is a nicely framed maple for violin making. It's stored in the storage for a few years. Please feel free to have a look and give an offer if interested! My email is laustephen498@hotmail.com
  4. Making a Viola

    I've recently been inspired to design and make a new viola. I thought it might be fun to post some of my progress pics to anybody who might be interested... Here's a picture of the plate I joined last week for the viola back. I slightly undercut the notches you see to be about halfway up the full thickness of the plate so as to even out the pressure on the seam when I clamp.
  5. How do you glue your purfling?

    Ok, so I'm cutting the slots for the purfling on my second violin and I wasn't happy with the amount of glue seep-age I got on my first. Seemed to make the varnish not want to stick to the edges. What technique do you use to glue purfling into its slot?
  6. Making vs Repairs vs Sales

    This question was sparked by a comment made by Mr. Burgess in the recent "Beginning Luthier" thread: How much time do you spend building new instruments vs doing repairs and/or sales? Which activity actually pays the bills and which of these activities do you like doing the most?
  7. Violin bow making books

    Hello, I started making some violin bows. Based to the instructions of my father who was old violin maker and very good hand in restoring, i was trying to find much more information about bowmaking. As i don't use energy tools and my method is closer to the French, i would like to know if there is any book available. Regh's bow making book, as also Henderson's (i don't have my own copies but as i know) are based to different making methods, not by hand tools. I read about the Bolander's book, that is based on the French method but i cannot find it anywhere. Is there any else good book for bow making?
  8. Padauk for violin bow making

    Hello everybody and my best wishes to every member here. I recently started making a bow from Padauk wood. My father was making classical guitars (back and ribs) from that wood. So, I decided to try it. And now I am not disappointed at all. It is a very nice while working on it, nice response to bending, not heavy like IPE massaraduba etc but not soft also. The result is above my expectations. Has anyone tried such a wood for a violin bow?
  9. ViolinLove20's Bench

    Hello all, I've decided to start this thread as a way to document my violin making adventures. I'm going to start out with my most recent trials in varnishing. I recently purchased a white violin and planned to try the following system on it: Shellac coats (various colors) to seal and ground, then IVC oil varnish for hints of color followed by clear coats and rub down. So far I've completed the shellac sealing and grounding. The pictures below are in chronological order (going from white violin to sealed to final ground coat). I would describe the resulting color as a light golden walnut. Feel free to ask questions or critique my process. Thanks The pictures go: Back, Ribs then Front. Each progression of that pattern represents another step or part of the sealing and grounding.
  10. Hi, How do you get a perfectly smooth surface for varnishing when making a violin? It seems there is always a few tool marks left over when I try. Any advice on this? Thank you.
  11. Violin making mold.

    I noticed this on ebay, just thought I'd post it here in case anyone thinks it sounds nice! Have a pleasant day. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Group-of-Violin-Making-Jigs-2-Violin-Clamps-Side-Neck-/310941774830
  12. Useful Internet Articles

    Please feel free to post links to articles available on the internet pertaining to making, repair & restoration on this thread. Periodically, I'll move the links into categories if the number of entries gets to be a bit much to sort through. Please do not post attachments, only links available publicly... We want to make an effort to respect author's copyrights.
  13. Life of a Violin Maker/Repairer

    Hello Maestronet! I have quite a dilemna, as many of you know it is important to consider many things before making an informed decision. I have many questions for you violin makers out there both amateur and professional. I am 23 years old, and I am very passionate about the Violin. I currently am enrolled at a University in the Biology program. I love everything about the violin and enjoy messing around with different strings (probably have spent close to a 1000 dollars on different strings and just appreciating differences in strings and sound). I've also taken apart a few violins when I was younger (probably not very well) and just enjoy the shape of the violin also the new violin smell from a newly finished violin by a maker, you could say I have an obsessive personality. I am also looking into doing the Southern California Violin Making course as well as the American School of Violin Making. I have the neccesary tools, but lack basic woodworking skills such as sharpening. Also I have the Courtnall/Johnson book 'The Art of Violin Making' which is a good guide, but is a bit difficult to get started with just that. I also lack certain power tools that would make life a bit easier such as a band saw. I've looked around on the site for information but have further questions to ask. I have a few questions for you makers out there. 1. If you had the option to do it all over again, would you choose violin making and why? 2. Another question is, I am no longer on my own. I have a wife (in her final year of undergrad) and would like to one day have children, I am concerned with my capability to be able to provide the necessities for my family in the future. 3. The availability of apprenticeships or internships- Are they available and what does it entail? Usually how long do they last and what does life look like after graduating from a reputable Violin making school? of course there are other questions I would like to ask but these are the main questions I have been wondering about. I greatly appreciate any response and have enjoyed this board for many years. Aaron Towarak