How long does it take you to make a violin from start to finish? How many have you made?
I am currently working on #2 and #3. I sold my first violin January of this year.
I don’t have a good gauge for how long it takes, since I work full time, and do my violin making after my 45 hours a week at work. I think someone who makes instruments full time can do it in 3-4 weeks (not including varnishing). Everyone works at a different pace, and varnishing can take a long time depending on your process and what you want to achieve.
So to answer your question, it takes me about a year. Which is too long.
Did you attend a school/college for making wood instruments? If so, where?
I did. I attended a violin repair program in Red Wing, Minnesota. USA. It was an intensive year-long program I took after getting my bachelors. There are a few well known “violin making,” schools in the USA, but they are 4 year schools and I didn’t have another four years in me. But the Red Wing program is pretty well known and that’s how I got my start. I got my first job 2 and 1/2 years ago at a violin shop, and have been making and repairing since.
I’ve also had the privilege of working with Raymond Schryer, from Canada on two separate occasions. He is a multiple medal winner of the Violin Society of America competition, and a gold medal winner for Cello in the Triennial competition in Cremona (a very important location), Italy.
I am a new maker, but have had solid training and am progressing quickly. I know the process seems slow (because it is), but I work full time, and all the pictures/making you see on here is on my own time after work.
I started this tumblr because my long time friend/artist Jacob Van Loon (look him up on tumblr) suggested it, and because I would have loved to have had access to following something like this when I was younger. I find the creation process of art and any fine craftsmanship as beautiful as the finished product.
Feel free to share this with people who will enjoy it. Please don’t rip off my images.
Do you make violins professionally and if anything are they for sale?
I do. I currently have none for sale. The one you see on tumblr will be for sale when it is finished. But it’s difficult to sell high priced violins online. You really need to see it/play it in person.