Workshop Information

Violin Making with Michael Darnton

2014 Dates

  1. Session 1: Monday through Friday, June 2-6
  2. Session 2: Monday through Friday, June 9-13
  3. Session 3: Monday through Friday, June 16-20

There are still a few spaces left for Summer 2014! Students may register for one, two, or all three sessions. Fifteen slots per week are available. Beginners must get clearance from the workshop organizer in order to attend.

Daily Schedule

Workshop hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break at noon. The facilities are open in the evenings and on weekends for participants who wish to continue working on their own.

Format

Each day features an informal lecture by instructor Michael Darnton. During the rest of the day, he circulates among all participants as they work on their own instruments to provide guidance, answer questions, demonstrate techniques, and troubleshoot. All are welcome to listen in as he discusses a particular aspect of violin making a student needs assistance with. Each week, every participant receives a 30-minute individual session with Mr. Darnton to discuss any violin making topic of his or her choice. This flexible structure allows participants to work independently at their own pace and serves them equally well whether they are beginners, intermediate, or advanced.

Major stages of violin making addressed during the workshops include:

  1. Outline and purfling, rough arching
  2. Final arching, graduation, f-holes, bass bar
  3. Carving the neck and scroll, setting the neck, and setup

Other topics addressed include tool making, sharpening, and use; choosing a model and designing the templates and forms; aesthetic considerations of the outline and corners, purfling, f-holes and scrolls; and tonal effects of arching, graduation and setup.

Note that participants are welcome to come with work at any stage of completion.

Bow Making with Lynn Armour Hannings

Jim Brown, SCVMW organizer, has announced an exciting change in format to better meet students' expressed interest in learning the French traditional method of bow making in its entirety: stick, frog and button. Noted bow makers, teachers, and colleagues Lynn Armour Hannings and George Rubino will now alternate summers, each teaching different aspects of their craft. This summer (2014), Lynn Armour Hannings will focus on the stick and the repairs required for bowmaking—rehair, windings, weights and balances—while in 2015 George Rubino will return to focus on frog and button making.

2014 Dates

  • Session 1: Monday through Friday, June 2-6
  • Session 2: Monday through Friday, June 9-13

Students may register for one or both sessions. Ten slots per week are available.

Prospective bow making students should call Jim Brown at 909.624.0849 before registering.

Daily Schedule

Workshop hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break at noon. The facilities are open in the evenings and on weekends for participants who wish to continue working on their own.

Format

In this hands-on workshop, participants learn about the entire process of bow making. The workshop covers design, weight/balance, materials, tips, tool usage, finishing, and more.

Workshop Photos

View a slideshow of photos from the workshop!

  • Talking about templates
  • Hard at work
  • What is it?
  • Varnishing a violin
  • Cambering a bow
  • Making a bow
  • Carving a bow head
  • Comparing Stradivari arches
  • Examining a fine Italian violin
  • Consultation
  • Saturday lecture
  • Carving a scroll
  • Placing the f-holes
  • Graduating the top
  • Jammin’
  • Executive Chef Stein with appreciative fans