A Practical Guide
by Juliet Barker

220 x 270mm

Published by The Crowood Press, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire UK.


ISBN 978-1-86126-436-7

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Extract from back cover of book:

From Stradivarius to the modern day, violins have been revered as much for their beautiful curves as for their music, yet the maker has the challenge of succeeding in both respects. Violin-Making - a practical guide enables anyone, whether a beginner or a skilled woodworker, to follow in the traditions of the Italian masters and literally to make their own music.

A short history of violin-making and an introduction to the choice of materials and design

Chapters on each stage of making a violin: the rib structure, the back and body, assembling the body, the scroll and fitting the neck, varnishing and setting up the instrument

Table of measurements for: violins from ‘quarter’ size upwards, four sizes of viola and cellos from ‘quarter’ size to full size

Sections on the baroque violin, folk fiddles, including the hardanger, and the particular problems and pleasures of making small instruments for children

Some 200 illustrations to demonstrate the easiest ways of setting about the work

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial


List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements

1 - A Short History of Violin-making
2 - Design
3 - Materials
4 - The Rib Structure
5 - Beginning the Back and the Front
6 - The Back and the Front Continued
7 - Assembling the Body
8 - The Scroll
9 - Setting the Neck
10 - Varnishing
11 - Setting up the Instrument
12 - The Baroque Violin
13 - Folk Fiddles
14 - Small Instruments

Appendix I - Measurements for the Violin, the Viola and the Cello Appendix II - English, Italian, French and German Terms
Reference Sources