Violin Craftsmanship Institute, University of New Hampshire



Join us for our 43rd year of highly-acclaimed, world-renowned violin building and bow making with expert faculty members leading hands-on week-long workshops in:

Violin building, maintenance, and repair

Bow making, rehairing, and repair

Frog making and restoration

Varnish making and application

Beginner to Advanced Levels! Take One or More Weeks! Early Bird Discount if You Register & Pay by April 4!

Watch a short video to learn more.



2016 Brochure

From beginner to expert, we offer something for all.


Workshop Information

Workshop descriptions, schedules, and locations.



The biographies of our expert instructors and assistants.


Tool and Materials Lists

What you'll need and where to find it.


Planning Your Stay

Resources for room & board, dining, parking, and more.


General Information

Registration, payment, forms, and contact information.

As a repair luthier with over twenty years of experience, I can honestly state that the bow rehairing workshop taught by Lynn Hannings was the most incredible and informative week of instruction that I have ever received. Her classroom demonstrations are comprehensible and always followed by one on one instruction that is tailored to each individual. Lynn graciously shares invaluable knowledge that most could never obtain without taking this course. She genuinely cares for the health and happiness of musicians and provides a wonderful model for future bow makers.

David Rhodes, Fuller's Music

While it goes without saying that Paul Wiessmeyer is a master luthier (every piece of wood he touches is transformed perfectly), he also is a gifted teacher. He presents his lesson plans clearly and generously devotes equal time to each of his students.

Joe Fili

It was a great experience in all respects. There were participants from every background and part of the country, each with a different reason to be there. The instructor somehow made it all work by setting the highest possible standards for precision while taking a flexible and supportive approach to helping participants go as far as they could in achieving that standard. It opened up a world of understanding that I probably could not have gained any other way.

Bill Duncan

Receive an early bird discount if you register and pay your tuition by April 4, 2016. For more information, please call (603) 862-1739 or email


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