Making

  • Schwarze
    Video

    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
    Video

    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
    Focus

    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

  • Fussen
    Focus

    Füssen, Germany’s first lutherie capital, began as a hotbed of lute making

    2018-03-22T13:17:00Z

    Nowadays best known for its neo-Gothic castles, this south German town has possibly the oldest lutherie tradition of any in the country. In this extract from the April 2018 issue of The Strad, Thomas Riedmiller traces its beginnings

  • Lsf
    News

    Luthiers sans Frontieres back on the road with Philippines project

    2018-03-16T16:12:00Z

    UK chapter of charity based at Newark School of Violin Making makes its twelfth overall mission and first visit to Bataan over Easter

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    Video

    Collaborative violin making - LIVE!

    2018-03-06T17:10:00Z

    This is a live stream from the Violin Makers project at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, during its Strings Festival. Luthiers Kai-Thomas Roth, William Castle, Marc Soubeyran and Tibor Szemmelveisz are collaborating on building two violins in seven days (2-8 March) - one is based ...