2020 Southern California Violin Makers Workshop, Claremont Colleges, California

The 15th annual workshops will once again include two 5-day sessions of violin making with Michael Darnton (June 8-19, Mon-Fri), and two 5-day sessions of bow making, repair and restoration with Lynn Armour Hannings on the same dates.   Call Jim Brown at 909-624-0489 or visit www.scvmw.com for more information.

Learning Trade Secrets

Learning Trade Secrets is now scheduling fine stringed instrument making and restoration programs for 2019.  These programs are finely focused on specific areas of instrument and bow making and restoration.  Our highly acclaimed and award winning faculty offer instruction in their areas of expertise making these programs invaluable for the beginner or advanced craftsman.  For information on courses, dates and instructors visit www.LearningTradeSecrets.com.


Violin Varnish Workshop

"Practical and Artistic Violin Varnishing"

Directors:  Joe Robson    Marilyn Wallin    Todd Goldenberg

Presented in cooperation with the Chicago School of Violin Making

Understanding the materials: Ground, Color, and Varnish

and Application techniques to create your varnish.

The workshop focus is on application.  Understanding the components and interaction of the materials will be addressed as we varnish.  Participants are required to bring two instruments.  One in the white and one prepared with a Ground.  Each of the directors will also varnish an instrument during the workshop.  Matching the maker’s vision of the finished instrument to the correct materials and application techniques allows varnishing to be an intentional and controlled part of violin making.

Location: Chicago School of Violin Making

Spring 2020   One week session

Dates: To be determined

To Apply: order@violinvarnish.com

or call Joe Robson @ 607 387 9280


Dear Friends,

With great pleasure, we are able to announce the lineup for our conference on 14-15 September in Oxford on the subject of Northern European Making of the Seventeenth Century, a conference that I hope will bring to light the very beautiful and remarkable instruments produced in this part of the world. It is a period that we tend to neglect to our detriment, allowing it to be overshadowed by the achievements of the Amatis and there immediate circle. 

In planning the conference, we want to put as much time as possible into round-table discussions because they are more engaging and better to follow. I have invited Marc Rosenstiel to speak about French making, Jan Strick from Brussels, Hubert de Launay to tackle Dutch making and the team of Honorata Stalmierska and Jan Bartos to talk about violin making in the Kingdom of Poland that extended as far as Krakow, to Lithuania. I have not been able to encourage anyone else to speak about seventeenth-century English making, so I hope to say something thoughtful and provocative myself. Lastly, Urs Langenbacher will be speaking about Füssen and it's influence that extends from training the lute-makers of Bologna to our own Jacob Rayman who settled in Southwark. 

We warmly invite everyone to our conference, whether you are a member of the BVMA or of another violin making society, so please share this email around your colleagues and invite them to come along. Tickets and further information can be found through the website at www.bvma.org.uk 

As always, Oxford offers really valuable accommodation out of term time with rooms from as little as £30 but do hurry to get the best offers. We really look forward to seeing you there. The Oxford conferences have proven to be a formidable social gathering in addition to learning something valuable each time. 

We will be having a small informal exhibition of instruments made before 1725. If you have any instrument that you propose bringing, please let us know in advance. 

I'm extremely grateful to The Soundpost, whose financial contribution to support the conference has made a significant contribution to the accommodation costs for our speakers. Financial support of this kind helps us to keep the costs down and produce a higher quality event for all our members. 

Please book your tickets quickly, it makes our lives so much happier if we aren't biting our nails waiting for the ticket sales to break even!

Yours sincerely

Benjamin Hebbert
Chairman, The British Violin Making Association


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