Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide
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Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide

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This classic guide offers an accessible initiation into the mysteries of violin-making. Charming in its style and cultivated in its research, it covers every detail of the process, from wood selection to varnish. A fascinating history of the instrument precedes discussions of materials and construction techniques. More than 200 diagrams, engravings, and photographs complem...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1885)
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Oct 07, 2008 Peter rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Violin makers or those who are interested
Recommended to Peter by: William Bartruff
This is a good historical introduction to Violin Making which was originally published in the 19th century. I've read some modern publications (articles and booklets, mostly), which seem more practical for today's maker. However, I would say that this book is core literature on violin making.

The book covers the history of the violin and it has good descriptions of the parts and processes of violin making. I owned three copies of the book; one I gave away and one of them is from the London publis...more
The author was not a good violin maker. He only "made" two violins.
He largely reports his teacher's material.
Pretty arrogant and opinionated for a raw beginner.
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