Making

  • Dmitry Badiarov
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    Closer to Nature – a documentary about violin maker Dmitry Badiarov

    2019-07-08T17:09:00Z

    The Russian violin-maker Dmitry Badiarov (based in the Netherlands) developed his love for carving wood after deciding to build his first sailing ship, aged 5. Since then his love for making violins has co-existed with his passion for sailing and the sea. In this film, which was presented at ...

  • View from Alan Beavit's workshop
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    Alan Beavitt: how I became a violin-maker on a remote Scottish peninsula

    2019-06-24T18:06:00Z

    The luthier shares his experience of living and working in Scorraig, a remote peninsula in the north-west Scottish highlands, recently featured in the news

  • Photo of Heifetz with Michael Yurkevitch (left) and Mr Rosenthal (right) from PM, 22 April, 1941
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    Jascha Heifetz – champion of modern violins

    2019-05-15T13:00:00Z

    Dario Sarlo reveals a lesser-known passion of the great violinist, and how it led him to start his own lutherie competition

  • Schwarze
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    Making fine violins out of fungus-treated wood

    2019-03-05T11:04:00Z

    In this video we hear from the researcher Francis Schwarze, who, together with a Swiss violin maker has treated wood used for instrument making with Physisporinus vitreus, a white-rot fungus that attacks and destroys certain structures in spruce, in order to build violins that sound as fine as antique masterpieces. ...

  • John Jordan
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    The most exotic violin woods

    2019-02-04T17:46:00Z

    California-based electric violin maker John Jordan introduces us to some of his most exotic woods, ranging from the pricey Tasmanian tiger rose myrtle to the Swamp Kauri, which is dug up from bogs in New Zealand and is certified to be a minimum of 30000 years old. ...

  • Carbon Cello
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    Making a cello from carbon

    2019-01-29T13:45:00Z

    In this video Tim Duerinck demonstrates how to make a cello from carbon by hand. The music to the video is also performed on the carbon cello. To read his article investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making click here .

  • Four Circles
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    The 'Four Circles' system of violin making

    2019-01-14T14:00:00Z

    Luthier Kevin Kelly explains his ‘Four Circles’ system for instrument design, adaptable to violins, violas and cellos

  • Boussu
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    Replicating a Benoit Joseph Boussu

    2018-09-18T14:02:00Z

    In this video, violin maker and researcher Geerten Verberkmoes puts the finishing touches to a replica of a violin by Benoit Joseph Boussu, using construction methods most likely employed by the 18th-century French luthier.

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    Building bridges: a photo essay

    2018-04-25T13:36:00Z

    Have you ever wondered who makes the world’s stringed instrument bridges, and how? In this gallery, we follow the process from tree trunk to blank bridge

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    Why is the thickness of the front and back of Stradivari's instruments so unpredictable?

    2018-04-12T16:26:00Z

    Although there is no record of how the Cremonese makers finished their instruments, Dirk Jacob Hamoen argues that the final scraping was done after they had been strung up and played in the white