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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861264364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861264367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

From Stradivarius to the modern day, violins have been revered as much for the beauty of their design as for their music. Violin Making enables anyone, whether a beginner or a skilled woodworker, to follow in the tradition of the Italian masters and, literally, make their own music. The book includes: a short history of violin making; an introduction to materials, design, and techniques; chapters on each stage of making a violin, from the rib structure to varnishing and stringing the instrument; tables of measurements, including violins, violas, and cellos from quarter to full size; and 200 clear color photos and diagrams. Juliet Barker trained at the Bavarian School of Violin Making; she is a professional violin maker, restorer, and teacher.

About the Author

Juliet Barker went to the Bavarian State School of Violin Making at Mittenwald in 1954. She qualified as a journeyman and set up her own business in Cambridge making and repairing violas. In 1960 Cambridgeshire technical College asked her to start a violin making class - she has taught there ever since. Resident - Cambridge

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended for the violin enthusiast.
Jim
As far as learning these secrets, I'll just keep looking, hoping that I don't end up with a library of useless books like this one.
Ruben Ruybal
This book is full of color pictures that show how the tools are used, by a well respected teacher of the craft.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Neal Williams on April 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you've read some of the Strobel books and feel a bit puzzled or lost, this book may help you some, especially if you are a beginner. The photographs are plentiful and in color. There is some confusing language and glossing-over of points that may be mundane and obvious to an experienced luthier but are baffling yet critical to a beginner, just as in the Strobel books. So, my search continues for more complete and exhaustively illustrated books describing the violin-making process for a complete beginner.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By George H. Sutherland on May 22, 2004
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I think that if a book cannot stand on its own, the reader deserves to be provided with that information. If a book cannot be deciphered by a novice, then the novice deserves that information up front, perhaps included in the title of the book. This book is so thoroughly filled, page after page, with undefined terms and assumptions of existing knowledge, that if you don't already know what it intends to teach you, you may as well give up on learning from it. It will certainly not teach a beginner to make a violin! I got through medical school, yet I can't read this book - I lacked the hidden prerequisites. This book needs a title like "Violin-making for people who know how to make violins." I was very disappointed.
Consider these instructions: "The top of the fingerboard should line up with the tail of the scroll, or the top of the hen's tail on cellos. Allow the width of the nut above this point and draw a line across square to the sides of the block." Nut? What nut? And silly me, I didn't even know that cellos had hens tails! Or this, from a section on rib structure: "The linings may be made from a similar wood to the blocks and a strip of wood can be planed, as the ribs were, to the correct thickness." I wish I knew what the correct thickness was, but since I didn't know that violins had linings, or what a lining is - and I certainly didn't find out here - I will likely have a beast of a time figuring it out.
If you don't know the component parts of a violin, inside and out, and if you don't have a pretty good idea of how to make a violin, I suggest you avoid this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C or E Kleinman on October 23, 2005
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The author juliet Barker has spent more than 50 years as a violin maker. Her book is an excellent introduction to violin making using inexpensive , and available tools. I particularly like her english low tech approach to viiolin construction , as this can help aspiring luthiers to build hand tool skills, before moving on to larger power tools. I was highly amused at one remark about the sound of a rasp being too noisy for quiet work like violin making, she might be horrified at the plethora of industrial sized power tools in my shop.She also gently takes the reader step by step through the various processes of violin making. Cutting a scroll, back and top archings, and carving, varnishing, set ups, sound post setting,, a brief history on violin making. I particularly liked the section , on using alternative woods. Something not seen too often in violin books . Most authors chose maple and spruce, but there are a anumber of alternative woods that have been successfully used. I also liked the chapter on exploring other small instruments ,viola/s, violins and hardanger fiddles. This is an excellent informative book, that will help aspiring luthiers. I would recommend this book be read with roy courtnall/s book on violin making.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "prkinsurance" on September 11, 2003
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This book is full of color pictures that show how the tools are used, by a well respected teacher of the craft. It is not designed to be a stand alone manual to make a violin. The book is well written and is a great addition to a violin makers library or someone interested in how a violin is made. I highly recommend this book, it is well worth the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roy W. Shiver Jr. on November 9, 2007
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no one violin building book can stand alone but this one does a good job of trying,it was written by a person who has been building high quality instruments for 40 years so it will at least put you on the right track on where you should direct your efforts on accuireing tools and that in itself will save you a ton of money not buying what you dont need,there are many color photos to help with some of the language barriers as some of the european words used are different than ours,i do believe though that anyone with good woodworking skills could use this as a stand alone book,but would still reccomend it to a novice as a companion to other violin building books to have a more thorough understanding before attempting to build,wood is high for a decent peice,as the supply for decent wood is severly declineing,i would reccomend that if you are serious about building in the future to buy the wood u need now and put it up,it will only skyrocket in the years to come ,best wishes to you as my fist violin is drying now !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shaw on March 25, 2010
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Being new to violin building but having experience building guitars and mandolin I found this book is just what I needed. Though this book may not dive into scientific data like some more advanced building books do It does have all the info needed to build a violin. Along with some great text it has some great photographs to go along with the details. I enjoy this book immensely.
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