Certificate in Violin Making


The Certificate in Violin Making provides you with the skill and knowledge to craft your finest violin. On a practical level there are demonstrations of each step in the process of making a violin from taking measurements of a violin you would like to copy, through to setting-up.

To support these practical skills, there are lectures and discussions to highlight the theoretical or historical reasoning behind violin making techniques. Understanding the processes and standards will enable you to make informed decisions about your violin making and in turn you will be able to achieve the appearance and sound you intend.


At every stage, focus is placed on the fine detail and how to achieve the highest standards, whilst maintaining an overview of how each element contributes to the instrument as a whole. We encourage discussion and evaluation for each section of the making process and some of the key issues include;

Mould and Ribs
Creation of templates / inside vs outside moulds and importance of accurately matching templates / timber used and grain direction for blocks / timber used and preparation techniques for ribs and linings / techniques for bending and glueing ribs and linings

Centre joint techniques / accuracy of outline and corner shapes and relevance to purfling / purfling techniques / arching and fluting considerations / edgework and overhang shapes and dimensions / hollowing and thicknessing techniques and considerations

F-holes and Bass Bar
Positioning, size, shape and symmetry of f-holes / techniques for cutting f-holes / purpose, positioning, dimensions, shape, and timber for the bass bar / techniques for fitting bass bars

Timber choice and block preparation for scroll / process of carving the scroll and maintaining dimensions and symmetry / dimensions of the pegbox and peghole positioning

Neck fitting
Methods to ensure accuracy for all dimensions / neck fitting before or after glueing on the back / neck shaping and dimensions / importance of neck root shape / button shaping

Varnish preparation
Surface preparation for varnish / varnish methods

Position, shape and influence on the sound and playability from the pegs, nut, fingerboard, bridge, soundpost, strings, tailpiece, saddle, endpin and chinrest


- Certificate in Violin Making
- A well crafted violin set-up "in the white"
- A portfolio of the work undertaken to include lecture and demonstration notes
and photographs of work in progress for future reference.


The schedule is flexible according to your needs and availability, we can offer anything from 1 day to 1 week to 1 month up to 6 months tuition.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees depend on how many days or weeks you wish to study:

£70 per day

£280 per week

£5000 for 6 months

Materials, Tools, Timber and Accommodation are additional to the tuition fees.
Please see the relevant pages for further details.


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