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Violin Making Basic Course

On blanks and parts taken from assembly kits we will practice the work steps typically needed for...
The violin is not only one of the most sophisticated instruments for playing music on, manufacturing a violin is also a considerable challenge. A master instrument requires a minimum of 200 hours of work. A one-week course can therefore only afford you a few basic insights into the fascinating world of violin making.
On blanks and parts taken from assembly kits we will practice the work steps typically needed for handcrafting a violin: Joining the plates, molding the profile, drilling the pilot holes, shaping the profile with a spoon gouge, compass plane, and scraper, marking and cutting the F holes, bending the linings on the bending iron, fitting the bass bar, preparing and joining the linings for the outline, inlaying the purfling, forming the blocks, gluing, making the neck and carving the scroll, setting the neck into the body, fitting and gluing the fingerboard, saddle, chamfering, bridge, tailpiece, drilling and reaming the peg holes, attaching the pegs and setting the soundpost. We will also discuss special issues. Each participant should preferably bring an assembly kit for a Stradivari model of seasoned tone wood or purchase one on site by the beginning of the course. This will allow you to practice and bring to a result work steps that we would otherwise not have enough time for if we started with raw parts only.
Please note: Participating in this course is not adequate to a professional apprenticeship as a violin maker.
    More information on the workshop instructor

    Josef Novák

    The qualified mechanical engineer and vocational teacher has been repairing and improving the sound quality of string instruments for more than 40 years. He was so fascinated by this work that he decided to start a training as a violin maker in Luby in 1994. Since then he has been working as an independent master violin-maker near Bratislava. Novák is especially interested in tonewoods and paintworks.Josef Novák

    More information on the workshop location

    Workshop-centre Niederalteich

    A haven for traditional crafts!

    A mere 10 minutes drive from our company headquarters in Metten, it is situated idyllically between the river Danube and the Natural Reserve Bavarian Forest and offers ideal conditions for undisturbed creative work.

    The former stable of the Monastery Niederalteich is optimally equipped with

    • Bench room,
    • Turning workshop,
    • Sharpening room,
    • Machine room,
    • Kitchen and Sanitary rooms.


    St. Ursulaweg 19
    94557 Niederalteich

    More info on our Workshop location Niederalteich

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    • QualifikationBasic handicraft skills and knowledge.
    • InfoCourse fees plus costs for material (€200-400) according to consumption and quality selected.
    • Participants6
    • LanguageGerman
    • InstructorJosef Novák
    • Duration6 days
    • Appointment04.09 - 09.09.
    • Time9.00 - 18.00
    • LocationSt.-Ursulaweg 19, 94557 Niederalteich
    Workshop no. KU1241701
    €735.00 pro Teilnehmer

    Prices incl. VAT

    Additional course dates available on request - our lines are open Monday till Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm by telephone on + 49-(0)991-9109-909 or via email to
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    Course No. Start End Location Price  
    Kursnnummer: KU1241701
    Start: 9/4/17
    end: 9/9/17
    Location: Niederalteich
    Price: €735.00

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