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Free Workshop on
Tool Sharpening

Sunday, July 3, 6–9 p.m.

Putnam Hall, Room 120
Instructor: Kellogg

 

A free three-hour workshop on tool sharpening will be available to all registered students. The workshop will include a 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.

No pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Bow Rehairing

Offered twice:
Take one or both weeks

June 27–July 1
July 11–15

Monday through Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 102
Distinguished Craftsperson: Hannings
Assistant: Kapousouz

What You'll Learn

The most frequent repair needed by string players is 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. 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

July 4–8

Monday through Friday
8–11:30 am. and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 102
Distinguished Craftsperson: Hannings
Assistant: Kapousouz

What You'll Learn

Rather than replacing a bow that needs repair, fix 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 you 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 11–15

Monday through Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday–Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 111
Distinguished Craftsperson: Rubino
Assistant: Curry

What You'll Learn

Note: This workshop covers 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. You will receive demonstrations of the following: broken stick and bow head repairs; frog eyelet bushing; specialty tool making; hand techniques for bow repair; use of a metal cutting lathe; as well as other repairs and techniques. Returning students may work independently on their own more advanced repair projects under the guidance of the instructor. To ensure your personal goals are met, please contact Mr. Rubino at george@rubinobows.com before the workshop to discuss objectives for your individualized study and preparation.

Materials and Tools Needed

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

Frog Making & Restoration

July 18–22

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.–11:30 and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 111
Distinguished Craftperson: Rubino
Assistant: Curry

What You'll Learn

This course is for bow makers and bow repairers at all levels of experience. Frog making is not only a necessary skill for the bow maker, but also an essential skill for the bow repairer. The frog is a very important factor in bow playability and one that compliments the stick and button will ensure that the bow will play as well as possible. You will learn how to make a frog for your bow and how to restore a frog on an existing bow. NOTE: Due to our limited time together, students interested in making a bass frog are encouraged to make a cello frog with the same techniques but different dimensions. Students may make a bass frog only after consulting with the instructor.

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 preparation for this workshop, please contact Mr. Rubino at george@rubinobows.com.

Bow Making Techniques
With a Focus on Historical Preservation

Offered twice:
Take one or both weeks

July 18–22
July 25–29

Monday through Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday–Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 102
Distinguished Craftsperson: Hannings
Assistant: Brough

During Bow Making, you will work on your bows independently with personalized guidance by the instructor. This one-on-one instructional format is designed to maximize your time and talents. You may attend one or both weeks; 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 helpful to know the time-honored techniques used for centuries in France to create beautiful works of art. Under the direction of an instructor who understands and respects this fine tradition of handwork, you’ll learn techniques that are both practical and fundamental. Each year this hands-on work-shop 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 can be found at Lynn Hannings' website. If you have any questions about advance preparation for this workshop, contact Lynn Hannings at lynnh@lahbows.com.

Basic Violin Set-Up & Tool Use

June 27–July 1

Monday through Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 103
Distinguished Craftsperson: Morris
Assistant: Daddona

What You'll Learn

Basic Violin Set-up is a hands-on introductory workshop that addresses the basics of 4/4 violin set-up and teaches some of the basic bench skills required for repair and maintenance of a full-size violin. Topics include: proper use of bench grinders; sharpening knives, plane blades, and chisels; fitting pegs in the scroll; setting and making sound-posts; and making bridges. We will also discuss string selection and sound-post adjustments, although keep in mind the practice of sound adjustments takes years to master.

Basic Violin Set-up is highly recommended for music teachers, musicians, shop owners, and others interested in string instrument repair. While you do not need to have previous experience working on violins, previous woodworking experience is beneficial. Basic Violin Set-up is highly recommended to as a precursor to Basic Violin & Stringed Instrument Repair.

Materials and Tools Needed

Two full-sized violins with ebony fingerboards. Inexpensive violins with or without pegs are recommended. 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 at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools.

Basic Violin & Stringed Instrument Repair

July 4–8

Monday through Thursday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 103
Distinguished Craftsperson: Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

What You'll Learn

This hands-on workshop is recommended for individuals who took Basic Violin Set-up & Tool Use and for those with some previous repair experience. It will reinforce and continue Basic Violin Set-up lessons and cover finger board dressing and upper nut finishing, set-up and adjustment of cellos and violas, fractional size instruments, 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 at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools.

Intermediate Violin Repair &
Sound Adjustments

July 11–15

Monday through Thursday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 103
Distinguished Craftsperson: Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

What You'll Learn

This hands-on workshop is designed for students who have taken Basic Violin & Stringed Instrument Repair 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 cracks, correcting neck projections, peg bushings, and edge repairs. Basic retouch principles and the retouch of nicks, scratches, and worn areas on violins, violas, and cellos 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, personalized instruction to guide you through your project.

Materials and Tools Needed

Two or three stringed instruments needing any of the above mentioned repairs. Please do not bring violins with integral bass bars or an integral neck or upper block. You should already be proficient in tool sharpening. A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools.

Advanced Violin Repair
& Acoustics

July 18–22

Monday through Thursday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.

Friday
8–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
4–5 p.m. and 7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 103
Distinguished Craftsperson: Wiessmeyer
Assistant: Kellogg

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 of 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. A complete list of suggested tools and materials can be found at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. 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.

Violin Building

Offered three times:
Take one or more weeks

June 27–July 1
July 4–8
July 11–15

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 101
Geigenbaumaster: Kloss
Assistant: Bennett

What to Expect

Students will begin working on two instruments simultaneously; one with step-by-step guidance of the instructor, and the second in your free time. You will learn in groups according to your skill level and progress. In order to maximize learning, we recommend that you enroll for at least two weeks each summer. Beginners are encouraged to start during the first week. Each student will work at his or her own pace. Typically, it takes a student ten weeks or more to complete a violin, depending on experience and ability level.

What You'll Learn

Beginning Students:

Construction begins with the creation of templates and molds, followed by the placement of blocks, ribs, and linings. The first week will also include instruction on tool usage, safety, and sharpening. The intent is for beginning students to acquire new skills for a solid foundation in continued violin building.

Intermediate Students: (returning students and new students at this level)

Work will begin with joining plates, establishing the outline, and carving the arching. Intermediate students complete two rib assemblies and two sets of joined plates with the outline and carving in the rough stages after three to five weeks. Students will then progress to purfling, f-holes, scraping the tops and backs, bass bar, tap tones, and acoustical assessment. The mold will be removed and the body glued together.

Advanced Students:

Advanced students carve scrolls, prepare finger boards, fit the upper and lower saddles, set the sound posts, and fit the necks. Instruction addresses topics of optimal neck angles, the fine tuning of the downward pressure of the strings, carving an acoustically superior bridge, bridge heights, and bridge placement. Students will practice adjustments and learn how these changes affect tone color, volume, and projection. The long-term goal for advanced students is to complete a violin “in the white.”

Materials and Tools Needed

A list of required tools and materials, along with suppliers, is available at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. All students should bring their own tools, wood, sheet metal for templates, and building materials. You may contact the instructor at professional.development@unh.edu for advice about purchasing the necessary tools and materials.

Violin Varnishing I & II

Offered two weeks! Take one or both!

Violin Varnishing I:
July 18–22

Cost for supplies: $150

Violin Varnishing II:
July 25–29

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.–Noon and 1–3:30 p.m.

Evenings
Monday through Thursday
7–9 p.m.

3.2 CEUs per week

Putnam Hall, Room 101
Geigenbaumaster: Kloss
Assistant: Genduso

Work under the tutelage of Geigenbaumeister Horst Kloss, who studied varnish restoration and conservation techniques at the Smithsonian Research Institute. Students with completed instruments in the white may continue to finish their instruments with Violin Varnishing I & II. These workshops are also open to students who did not attend Violin Building.

Varnishing I: Making and Applying Varnish

Students should arrive with two finished violins, scraped and free of impurities. Varnishing will begin immediately. In this hands-on workshop, we apply ground, stain, and varnish. Varnishing technique, touch-up, and polishing skills will be practiced. Topics will include the application of an appropriate ground, the use of pigment, and the successful correction of mistakes. After a demonstration by the instructor, you will learn how to make spirit varnish. Students are strongly encouraged to bring additional instruments for further practice in preparation, application, and touch up during varnish drying time. Complete varnishing requires seven to eight coats and dry times vary. We recommend two weeks of Varnishing, although two weeks is not required to register.

Materials and Tools Needed

The $150 supplies fee for this workshop covers the cost of varnish, pigments, varnish brushes, and porcelain bowls on loan from the instructor. Additional art supplies will be provided for you to keep. For a complete explanation, including additional suggestions for preparation and optional tools, go to www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. You may contact the instructor at professional.development@unh.edu with questions.

Varnishing II: Touch Ups and Antiquing

Varnishing will continue in the fifth week of the summer session for new and returning students who wish to work on varnishing an instrument. Students from Varnishing I and students who bring previously varnished instruments will continue to touch up uneven or unvarnished areas and polish their instruments. Additional varnishing techniques practiced will include sealing, emphasizing the grain structure, recreating patina, and polishing to match the rest of the instrument. Students should bring at least two professionally made violins or violas in need of touch-up restoration.

Materials and Tools Needed

A list of required tools and materials, along with suppliers, is available at www.learn.unh.edu/violin/tools. You may contact the instructor at professional.development@unh.edu for advice about purchasing the necessary tools.

NOTE: Violin Varnishing may not be offered at the Violin Institute next year to allow for a rotation of specialty skills within the violin building classes.


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