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

    Jascha Heifetz – champion of modern violins


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

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    Making fine violins out of fungus-treated wood


    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

    The most exotic violin woods


    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

    Making a cello from carbon


    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

    The 'Four Circles' system of violin making


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

  • Boussu

    Replicating a Benoit Joseph Boussu


    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


    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?


    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

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


    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

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    Luthiers sans Frontieres back on the road with Philippines project


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