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Summer 2015
Violin Craftsmanship Institute
Workshops



Workshop Descriptions

Free Workshop on
Tool Sharpening

Sunday, June 28, 6-9 p.m.

Instructors: Kellogg

This year there will be a free session on tool sharpening techniques. The 3-hour session will be offered to all students registered in the Institute. The workshop will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, in Putnam Hall, Room 5, on the University campus. The workshop will include lecture, demonstrations and hands-on practice with knives, scrapers, planes, chisels and gouges. Topics covered include: shop safety; grinding, honing, and evaluating the sharpness of your tools. Randy Kellogg will teach the session.

No pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Bow Rehairing

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June 22-26 (Sold Out)
July 6-10 (Sold Out)
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Hannings
Assistant: Kapousouz

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

The most frequent repair needed by string players is the rehairing of the bow. This workshop focuses on the rehairing process and consists of a week of intense study. Ample time will be allotted for hands-on experience and practice. Only student bows in good repair should be brought to this workshop. A solid foundation in rehairing will greatly enhance your experience in bowmaking, bow repair, and other more advanced workshops.

Materials and Tools Needed

You will need a number of student-level bows that need only rehairing. For a complete list of tools and suppliers go to: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. If you have any questions about advance preparation for this workshop, contact Lynn Hannings at lynnh@lahbows.com.

Bow Repair I

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June 29-July 3
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 am. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Hannings
Assistant: Kapousouz

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

Rather than replacing a bow that needs repair, repair it! This workshop will cover routine bow repairs that will keep bows in good working order. Often bows that come in for rehairing also need some repair work. Instruction will include: screw and eyelet repairs; tip replacement; windings; leather grips; cambering and straightening; as well as replacing pearl slides and dots. How these repairs affect the playability of the bow will be emphasized. This workshop, in addition to Bow Rehairing, will best prepare students for commonly needed repairs. It is helpful to take Bow Rehairing prior to Bow Repair I, but it is not necessary.

Materials and Tools Needed

You will need a number of student-level bows in need of repair (any condition, several if possible). For a complete list of tools and suppliers go to: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. If you have any questions about advance preparation for this workshop, contact Lynn Hannings at lynnh@lahbows.com.

Bow Repair II

July 6-10
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Rubino
Assistant: Curry

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

(Note: You DO NOT need to take Bow Repair I to take this workshop.)
This workshop covers some common bow repairs and techniques. It is for all levels of experience and provides essential information for the individual who repairs, rehairs, or makes bows and is interested in learning bow repair and restoration techniques. Mr. Rubino will discuss and demonstrate the repairs and techniques, and then you will practice them under his supervision. Numerous repairs and techniques will be covered, including: broken stick repairs, damaged frogs, broken bow heads, frog eyelet bushing, making a knife for bow rehair/ bow making, and more. Bow repair techniques using a bench grinder, drill press, metal lathe, and other small power tools will be presented. Returning students may work independently on their bows under the guidance of the instructor, however, if you wish to do so, please contact Mr. Rubino before the workshop so he can prepare your individualized study to meet your needs. For questions or more info contact Mr. Rubino at www.rubinobows.com.

Materials and Tools Needed

Bring bows in need of repair. If you don't have any, a limited number will be available at the workshop. For a complete list of tools and suppliers go to: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools

Bow Making Techniques With a Focus on
Historical Preservation

Offered twice:
take one or both weeks

July 13-17 (SOLD OUT)
July 20-24
(Space available)
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson: Hannings
Assistant: Brough

Tuition: $850 per week
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Attend one or both weeks of Bow Making.During Bow Making you will be working on your bows independently with the individual guidance of the instructor. By working one-on-one with you, the instructor hopes to maximize your time and talents. All skill levels are welcome. It is helpful to take Bow Rehairing before Bow Making, but it is not necessary.

What You'll Learn

Whether restoring a bow or making a new one, it is essential that one learn the time-honored techniques used for centuries in France to create beautiful works of art. Lynn Hannings brings her understanding and respect of this fine tradition of handwork. She will demonstrate and teach techniques that are both practical and fundamental. Each year this hands-on workshop focuses on the French bowmakers who created bows renowned for their playability as well as artistic beauty.

Materials and Tools Needed

For a complete list of tools and suppliers go to: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. If you have any questions about advance preparation for this workshop, contact Lynn Hannings at lynnh@lahbows.com.


Basic Violin Set-Up, Maintenance, and
Repair I

The Section taught by Francis Morris is SOLD OUT.

June 22-June 26
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson: Morris
Assistant: Daddona

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

This hands-on introductory workshop addresses the basics of 4/4 violin set-up. It is highly recommended for music teachers, musicians, shop owners, and others interested in string instrument repair. You do not need to have previous experience working on violins. You will learn some of the basic bench skills required for repair and maintenance of a full-size violin. Topics will include; proper use of bench grinders and band-saws; sharpening knives, plane blades and chisels; gluing seams; cleaning and polishing; fitting pegs; setting and making sound-posts; making bridges and adjusting string heights. The workshop includes discussion on string selection and sound-post adjustments.

Materials and Tools Needed

Two full-sized violins with ebony fingerboards. These may be inexpensive with or without pegs. They may be previously set up. We will be using these to fit new pegs, sound-posts, and bridges. They should be in good condition with no open cracks or seams. Other items needed include pegs (regular thickness and thick shaft), bridges, sound-post material, and strings. A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found on the web at:
www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools


Basic Violin & Stringed Instrument Repair II

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June 29-July 3
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

This hands-on workshop is recommended for individuals who took Basic Violin Repair I and for those with some previous repair experience. It will reinforce and continue Basic Repair I lessons and also cover: finger board dressing and upper nut finishing, set-up and adjustment of cello and viola, fractional size instruments, and five strings violins, planing a fingerboard, adjusting a nut and saddle, set-up of all bowed string instrument except bass, tool sharpening, and sound adjustments. You’ll receive one-on-one guidance.

Materials and Tools Needed

One or two of the following instruments (with ebony finger boards): 4/4 violins, fractional size violin, viola (any size), cello (full or 3/4 size), five-string violin (preferably never before set-up). Two sets of fittings per instrument. A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found on the web at: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools


Intermediate
Violin Repair &
Sound Adjustments

July 6-10
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

This hands-on workshop is designed for students who have taken Basic Violin Repair I and II or who already have some practical, hands-on experience with violin set-up and minor repairs. This workshop will focus on frequently requested repair procedures, including: gluing of cracks, correcting neck projections, peg bushings, and edge repairs. Basic retouch principles and the retouching of nicks, scratches, and worn areas on violin, viola, and cello will be demonstrated. Custom sound adjustments for musicians will be discussed and demonstrated. Each student’s repair project will be discussed as a class theme. You will receive daily, pesonalized instruction—that is both practical and efficient—at your bench to guide you through your project.

Materials and Tools Needed

Two or three stringed instruments needing any of aforementioned repairs. Please do not bring violins with integral bass bars or integral neck or upper block. You should have a good collection of cutting tools and already be proficient in tool sharpening. Some brushes and clamps will also be required. A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found on the web at: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools


Advanced
Violin Repair
& Acoustics

July 13-17
Monday through Friday
8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Distinguished Craftsperson:
Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

This hands-on workshop is designed for returning Violin Repair students or individuals who already have moderate experience in repair and wish to expand their knowledge or practical and useful techniques at the bench. A good knowledge of tool sharpening and tool usage is required. The workshop will focus on neck-resetting, neck shaping, coloring and varnishing of the neck, plate and bar thicknesses, and the gluing and retouching of old cracks. Custom sound adjustments for musicians will be demonstrated. Basic violin identification will also be discussed. Each student will receive personalized daily instruction at the bench to guide them through their project.

Materials and Tools Needed

Two or three instruments, or parts thereof, needing any of the above mentioned repairs. You should have a comprehensive collection of tools, including clamps, brushes and cutting tools. Important Note: This workshop is not designed for work on fine Old Italian violins! A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found on the web at:
www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools


Violin Building Workshops

June 29-July 3
Space still available

June 22-26--SOLD OUT
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July 6-10

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-Noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Geigenbaumaster: Kloss
Assistant: Bennett

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

You will work in groups according to your level. Your instructor, Geigenbaumeister Horst Kloss, recommends that you work on two instruments simultaneously—one under his direct guidance and the second during your free time. You may enroll in one or more weeks of Violin Building; however, we suggest you consider in enrolling in at least two weeks so you have more time to work on your project.

New Students at the Beginning Stage
of Building Their Violin

If you are a new student at the beginning stage of violin building you will focus on evaluating and discussing the Classical Italian Violin Makers, featuring the 1730 Kreisler Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. With this knowledge you will be able to make the appropriate choice of wood combination and choose the type of wood that is acoustically sound and historically correct. At this point, the violin making begins with sharpening, planing linings and ribs, setting blocks, bending and fitting ribs and linings. You will then join top and back, cut the outline, and begin to create the arching with an appropriate gouge in the rough. Success depends on the skill level with tools, woodworking skills, and dedication. Every student is given an outline of an inside mold, templates of a body outline, F-holes and scroll. Note: Students at the begnning level are encouraged to register for the first week of Violin Building, but it is not absolutely necessary, and all weeks are open to all levels. The approximate cost for drawing material, wood supply, and tools for beginning students is $400.

Returning and New Students at
the Intermediate Stage

At this level, you will develop a plan of action and start working on your instrument’s arching using gouge, finger plane and purfling work, finishing up with scraping top and back, and now graduating top and back to a proper thickness, addressing tap tones. You will also learn placing F-holes in the proper location, choosing a bass bar, planing, fitting and graduating the bass bar. The inside of your violin will be sealed and finally the top will be glued on. The number of tasks completed depends on your dedication, skill level and the number of weeks that you are at the Institute. The approximate cost for drawing material, wood supply and tools for this intermediate level is $350.

Students at the Advanced Stage
Advanced students will learn about designing the scroll for your violin,
carving your designed scroll, preparing a finger board, fitting a lower saddle, setting the sound post before you set a neck, setting the neck at the proper angle to facilitate ease of playing, fine-tuning the downward pressure of strings and bridge height, volume, tone color, and projection. At this time the instrument is cleaned and receives the final scraping. It is possible for some advanced and very focused students to finish all of the work, but you may need two weeks. The important part is to learn the process and not rush through the material and consequently remember only a little. The approximate cost for material and tools for the advanced level is $345.

How the Sessions Meet

You will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, and work under the guidance of Horst Kloss. In the evening you will have an opportunity to work in the shop on your own.

Note: Each week is open to all levels, but students at the beginning level are encouraged to register for the first week, although it is not absolutely necessary. Each student progresses at his/her own pace, so students may not be able to build a violin from start to finish in one week. For many it can take up to 10 weeks to complete a quality violin, so the more weeks you can sign up for the further along you will progress.

Materials and Tools Needed

A list of required tools and materials can be found on the web at: www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. You may also contact the instructor for advice about the purchase of the necessary tools and materials.


New!
Geometric Design & Tuning of Acoustical Plates

This Workshop is now CLOSED

July 13-17
Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-Noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Geigenbaumaster: Kloss

Tuition: $850 per week
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What You'll Learn

This workshop penetrates deeply into an issue that is rarely discussed or taught. You will learn about tap tones, advanced analytical topics and techniques in relation to tap tones, the graduation of plates and the fitting and the tuning of the bass bar. What you need in terms of tools and the cost of these tools depends upon your plan of action.
Scenario 1. If the acoustical irregularity is an internal problem, you need the following tools—opening knives, thickness caliber, finger plane, scraper, compass/circle, v/m knife, bass bar—and gluing clamps.
Scenario 2. If the problem is an external one such as a wrong neck angle, then you need a couple of opening knives, small hand saw, violinmaker’s knife, chisel, block plane, sample bridge and sound post stock.

Materials and Tools Needed

You may have most of the tools already, therefore the cost of the appropriate tools may be minimal or nothing, but if you need to purchase all of the tools, the estimated tool cost is $750 for Scenario 1 and $300 for Scenario 2. A complete list of materials and tools in on the web at:
www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. You may also contact the instructor for advice about the purchase of the necessary tools and materials.


New!
Violin
Varnish-Making
& Application

July 20-24
Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-Noon and 1-3:30 p.m.
3.2 CEUs per week

Geigenbaumaster: Kloss

Tuition: $850 per week
plus $140 for supplies/tools

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What You'll Learn

This year will include an accelerated demonstration on the making of varnish and ground. The focus will be on the application of an appropriate ground, varnish, and the use of pigment. You should arrive with two instruments that will be scraped and prepared for varnish in class. You may bring your own varnish or use that which is provided in the class.

Materials and Tools Needed

Tools and supplies are included in the $140 additional charge.

The Violin Craftsmanship Institute is sponsored by

UNH PD&T

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