Category Archives: Violins

The violin I’m showing you today has been crafted on Giuseppe Guarneri’s model from 1734. Guarneri have been one of the most famous luthier families of that time, together with Stradivari and Amati. Many famous violinists have played their violins: one of them is the famous Niccolò Paganini. Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (1698 – 1744), also … Continue reading Giuseppe Guarneri Violin: photo gallery

The making of the ribs (made from the same wood as the bottom) requires great attention, especially if the wood is of a so-called “curly” quality, prone to breaking. Having prepared the ribs a little wider than the required size, I started working by fixing them with a clamp on the workbench, to then bring … Continue reading Manufacturing a copy of Stradivari’s Cremonese: the ribs

Once the model of the instrument I intend to build has been chosen (Il Cremonese) I begin by assembling the corner blocks, formerly made of willow or poplar, here made of spruce. To do this I used a special tool (the mould): the mould has recesses on the tips of the C-bouts both in the … Continue reading Planning the making of a Stradivari Cremonese violin: the first steps

The copy of this violin I am building was made by the author in 1716, in its most flourishing period. The board is made from Paneveggio spruce, while the back, the neck and the sides are made from field maple wood. This variety, unlike the sycamore maple grows at low altitudes, for example along the … Continue reading Manufacturing a copy of Stradivari’s Cremonese violin from field maple