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    PBS NewsHour segment on Italian spruce tonewood forests

    2019-05-15T15:58:00Z

    Severe storms last year tore down vast swathes of spruce forest in the Italian Alps, including in the Fiemme valley where conditions favour growth suitable for tonewood. As The Strad has reported , efforts have been ongoing to process trees suitable for tonewood before they begin to deteriorate. ...

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    Making Matters: The fine-tuned universe

    2019-05-03T20:24:00Z

    The harmonic properties of a string’s afterlength have been examined in the past – but what about the ‘before-length’, from the peg to the top nut? André Theunis and Gunnar Gidion find some surprising results in their investigations.

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    My Space: Charlélie Dauriat

    2019-05-03T19:16:00Z

    A glimpse into the workshop of the luthier based in the Château de Gourville, France

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    Trade Secrets: Making a mould and rib structure for a copy of an old instrument

    2019-05-03T18:41:00Z

    A method that compensates for the differences in outline of the front and back plates

  • Tim Duerinck money violin crop
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    Gallery: A violin made out of shredded money

    2019-05-03T16:35:00Z

    ‘The Value of a Violin’ is on exhibition at the Design Museum Ghent during the Queen Elisabeth competition

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    New violin design to be demonstrated in Lisbon on 11 April

    2019-04-05T14:43:00Z

    The ‘Santa Cecilia’ violin is being unveiled at the Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

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    Debate

    What do the new UK ivory regulations mean for bows?

    2019-04-03T12:19:00Z

    A new UK requirement to register all ivory-tipped bows will affect music shops, auction houses and the musicians themselves. Peter Somerford examines what the implications are for the industry

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    The Cello Maker: Robin Aitchison

    2019-03-27T16:20:00Z

    The Academy of Ancient Music has produced this film exploring the craft of cello maker Robin Aitchison, focusing on his copies of instruments by Stradivari, Montagnana and Guadagnini. The film is the first in a series called Breaking Down Baroque to be released by the Academy of Ancient Music ...

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    News

    Stradivari's forests: ongoing effort to salvage tonewood trees felled by storms

    2019-03-08T13:38:00Z

    A factory in the Fiemme valley is asking luthiers and the public to buy IOUs so it can quadruple its processing capacity before the wood deteriorates

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    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. ...

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    Is it a real Stradivarius? How to check the authenticity and value of a violin

    2019-02-20T15:00:00Z

    A reader has inherited an old Italian violin, in this case a Landolfi. In fact, finding a violin in a grandparent’s attic is some people’s first introduction to the stringed-instrument world. What’s the next step regarding authentication?

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    In the workshop with luthier Noémie Viaud

    2019-02-20T12:08:00Z

    Violin maker Noémie Viaud in her workshop in Denmark, filmed by Nikolaj Lund. Viaud is featured in the Strad’s February 2019 ‘My Space’ column, discussing her workshop and career to date: ‘I’ve been based in Denmark for the past twelve years. I’m originally from France and learnt violin making ...

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    Jacob Stainer: Micro-CT analysis of top-block and pins

    2019-02-19T11:59:00Z

    In the April 2019 issue of The Strad, Rudolf Hopfner explains how the neck root and top-block of a Jacob Stainer violin made after 1650 gives insights into his working methods – and solves a mystery about the maker’s training in the process. This video, made up of hundreds ...

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    News

    William Watson, bow maker: 1930-2018

    2019-02-06T12:54:00Z

    The Hill’s trained bow maker made a vital contribution to the trade during a long career, writes John Milnes

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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. ...

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    News

    Newark's collaborative making competition reveals winners

    2019-02-01T13:42:00Z

    The School of Violin Making’s ‘Hope’ competition will see four violins and two guitars sold in aid of a charity providing refugees with tools to restart their trades

  • Carbon Cello
    Video

    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 .

  • How to get a crisp sound
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    How to get a crisp sound out of your instrument

    2019-01-21T11:08:00Z

    In this video luthier Jacob von der Lippe shares one of the lesser-known tricks of the trade. And there’s more where this came from: The 5+1 common types of violin maker The most common types of violin makers, ep.2 ...

  • 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

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    Plane and simple: steel bow planes

    2019-01-11T12:08:00Z

    Taking inspiration from the design of traditional French bow-making tools, these bow planes are constructed from machine-tooled steel that has been ground and flash-chromed for additional durability. The blades are custom-made by Hock tools and are also available separately. Triangle Strings bow plane from $160, ...