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Violin Making and Repairs for the Novice                  Notes from the Bench

Book description

Violin Making and Repairs for the Novice - Notes from the Bench, is written with the beginner violin maker in mind. For the person that may want to consider this as a vocation and would like to get a taste of what it's like, or for the player that wants to make a violin for their own use. This is NOT a manual for someone to quickly hack out an instrument. Nor, if the goal is to become a professional violin maker, will this replace studying at a professional violin making school, see Links Page for a list of violin making schools. The violin making section should be read before the repair section, as many of the descriptions and information on Violin Making (such as the use of tools and procedures) will not be discussed again in the Repair section. Some of the required tools can be made, while some must be purchased in order to get the accuracy needed to make a decent quality instrument. The cost of tools and materials is still significant as many professional quality tools are needed for the accuracy required to complete a quality finished product.  

The author has made 168 instruments that are in the hands of amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals all around the US. In addition, the author has run his own successful violin shop for 27 years - selling, renting, restoring, and repairing tens of thousands of instruments in all quality levels. In addition to the screen shots below, the Picture Diary on the Violin Making page on this web site has some pictures that are also from this book which contains 300 pages and 450 pictures and illustrations.

 

  

 E-book format -  $ 45 CD format -  $60 Printed Book format - $150

The electronic versions are in PDF format and contain bookmarks to the chapters for quick access. This format also makes it easy to enlarge the view or even add notes if you copy the CD file to your computer.

Print Book format (an E-book format will be included). The printed book is spiral bound which has the advantage to lie flat on the workbench for easy reference while working.     

All formats of the book are available directly from the author with payment through PayPal. The large file size will require a download from WeTransfer.com, which is a free/no sign up large file transfer program.

Shipping is included within the continental US and returns are not accepted.  

To purchase or to ask any questions, send an email to davidlashof@yahoo.com , do NOT just send me money through PayPal without contacting me first, in case I cannot process your order immediately (as I may be out of town or not able to process your order because of limited stock).

For purchases, I will then send you instructions on how to pay through PayPal and download information for E-book purchases.  

 

Here are a few Screen Shots from the book.

            

 Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                    

PART I - VIOLIN MAKING

GETTING READY                                                                   

Ch. 1    Workshop                                                                                 

Ch. 2    Sharpening                                                                               

Ch. 3    Body Pattern, Template and Form                                                       

Ch. 4    Making and Using Hide Glue                                                      

BUILDING THE INSTRUMENT

   Rib Assembly

Ch. 5    Blocks

Ch. 6    Ribs                                                                       

·         Using a Cabinet Scraper and Burnisher        

Ch. 7    Bending and Gluing the Ribs

Ch. 8    Linings

   Plates

Ch. 9    Back and Belly Wood

Ch. 10  Starting the Top and Back - Flattening

Ch. 11  Center Seam

Ch. 12  Arching

Ch. 13  Overhang

Ch. 14  Scooping Out the Inside

Ch. 15  Finishing the Edge

Ch. 16  Purfling

·        Marking

·        Cutting the Groove

·        Channel

Ch. 17  Back Graduation

Ch. 18  "f" Holes

Ch. 19  Top Graduation

Ch. 20  Bassbar

Ch. 21  Rounding the Inside Edges

Ch. 22  Gluing on the Plates

Ch. 23  Saddle

Ch. 24  Neck and Scroll

Ch. 25  Fingerboard

Ch. 26  Cutting the Heel and Mortise

·        Cutting the Heel

·        Cutting the Mortise

Ch. 27  Button and Fitting the Neck

·        Button

·        Fitting the Neck

Ch. 28  Shaping the Neck

          Varnish

Ch. 29  Aging and Sealing the Wood

Ch. 30  Color Varnish

Ch. 31  Finish Coats and Rubbing Out

·        Steps for an Easy Oil Varnish

·        Oil and Spirit Varnish Recipes

SET UP AND ADJUSTMENT

Ch. 32  Fittings and Setting Up

·        Gluing the Fingerboard

·        Pegs

·        Nut

·        Endpin

·        Tailpiece and Gut

Ch. 33  Soundpost and Tonal Adjustments

Ch. 34  Bridge

Ch. 35  Strings and Chinrest

·        Strings

·        Chinrest

PART II - REPAIRS

BOW REPAIRS

Ch. 36  Rehairing a Bow

Ch. 37  Bow Screw Eyelets

Ch. 38  Slide

Ch. 39  Recamber or Staighten 

Ch. 40  Tip

Ch. 41  Pearl Eye

Ch. 42  Leather Bolster and Grips

·        Leather Bolster

·        Grips - Metal Wire or Plastic Wrap

Ch. 43  Bow Cracks

•      End Bushing

•      Head Spline

INSTRUMENT REPAIRS

Ch. 44  Reasons that Strings Break

Ch. 45  Buzzes

Ch. 46  Removal of Top and Bassbar

·        Removal of Top

·        Bassbar

Ch. 47  New Wood on Edge

Ch. 48  Instrument Cracks

    Body Cracks     

·        Top or Back Cracks         

·        Sound Post Cracks

·        Rib Cracks

   

   Neck and Scroll Cracks

 

·        Boxwood Bushings

·        Spiral Bushings

·        Cheek Repairs

·        Heel Cracks

·        Neck Grafts

 

Ch. 49  Raising the Neck Angle

Ch. 50  Button Graft and Doubling

·        Button Graft

·        Doubling

Ch. 51  Warped Fingerboard or Neck

Ch. 52  Clean and Polish

·        French Polish

Ch. 53  Peg Problems

·        Some Reasons Pegs Slip

·        Some Reasons Pegs Stick

Ch. 54  Touch Up

Ch. 55  End Pin Shim and Raising the Saddle

Appendix 1 – Tools and Materials (in the order they are needed)

·        Alphabetical Index of Tools and Materials

Appendix 2 – Suppliers of Tools and Materials

Appendix 3 – Measurements for Violin Makers

Appendix 4 - Patterns and Arching Templates

Appendix 5 – General File Information

About the Author

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