Workshop Information

Violin Making with Michael Darnton

2017 Dates

  1. Session 1: Monday through Friday, June 5-9
  2. Session 2: Monday through Friday, June 12-16
  3. Session 3: Monday through Friday, June 19-23

Students may register for one, two, or all three sessions. 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 encouraged to come with work at any stage of completion since instruction is highly individualized.

Bow Making with George Rubino

The format for the Claremont bowmaking classes has evolved to better meet students' expressed interest in learning the French traditional method of bow making in its entirety: stick, frog and button. Master bow makers, teachers, and colleagues Lynn Armour Hannings and George Rubino now alternate summers at SCVMW. In 2017, George Rubino will return and will focus on frog making and on repairs required for bow making (rehair, windings, weights and balances).

2017 Dates

  • Session 1: Monday through Friday, June 5-9
  • Session 2: Monday through Friday, June 12-16

Students may register for one or both sessions.

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.

Workshop Photos

View a slideshow of workshop photos!

  • Talking about templates
  • Hard at work
  • Varnishing a violin
  • Bow instructor George Rubino
  • Assembling a back
  • Cambering a bow
  • Putting in a bass bar
  • Working on a scroll
  • Making a bow
  • Making a bow
  • Carving a bow head
  • Comparing Stradivari arches
  • Examining a fine Italian violin
  • Consultation
  • Saturday lecture
  • Discussing setup
  • Head and neck
  • Carving a scroll
  • Carving a scroll
  • Placing the f-holes
  • Carving f-holes
  • Carving f-holes
  • Arching a top
  • Graduating the top
  • After 2015 Salastina concert
  • Jammin’
  • Executive Chef Stein with appreciative fans