“Online training is not less valuable than in-person training.”
Nine months ago, this realisation led to my initial idea of creating an online course in violin restoration. I am excited to be able to finally launch my Online Violin Neck Graft Course today. I hope that this course will become a valuable teaching resource for professional violin restorers at any stage of their career, Violin Shops and Schools.
I want to give a huge shout-out to Pablo Alfaro @alfaro_violins for having completed the editing of the Spanish subtitles of Part 1 of my online course. It takes hours and hours to correct the initial subtitles and I get the impression he is being particularly meticulous about it!
Through-patches are needed sometimes and rather than trying to fit a patch to perfectly match the outside, I tend to use shavings first and then fit a patch from behind, all supported by a plaster cast.
The RAB Trust has been organising some Zoom lectures for Violinmaking students in the UK with restorers and makers. Crack repair, retouching and fitting a bassbar in an old instrument have been my subjects. The first Zoom with PowerPoint on cracks was a 2 hour session. A lot of preparation work but great fun!
I was very sceptical whether I would be able to improve this area above the bridge feet. It had been over-pressed when a breast patch was fitted which resulted in “reverse grain”: the grain lines appear lighter and sit higher than the soft grain which has been indented in between the grain lines and filled with black gunk.