The Thrill of Violin Making

by Harry S. Wake

"The thrill of making a violin and of hearing it played for the first time is an unbelievable experience. Should you be a player yourself, the experience enjoyed is twofold. In the making of a violin the enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment is so great that the anticipation as you approach the final stages becomes overwhelming and you can think seriously of nothing else until you get your violin finished.

"When the violin is finally completed, you can enjoy your creation and forever recall the pleasure that you had in making it. You can imagine the enjoyment the musician will have in playing fine music on it and the generations of musicians of the future who will have the pleasure of playing it. Think also of future great audiences who will be enthralled by the beautiful sounds that it will continue to produce when in capable hands."

excerpted from "The Fun of Violin Making" by Harry S. Wake in the March, 1986, SCAVM Bulletin.

Note the SPECIAL DATE and LOCATION for this month.

June Meeting


DATE AND TIME: Sunday, June 8, 2014, Time: 12:30PM
PLACE: Pomona College, Claremont, CA (see Special Location Directions below)
SPECIAL PROGRAM:  Circles in the design and construction of violin family instruments
This is valuable knowledge for those wanting to recreate the elements that define the most beautiful instruments
MODERATED BY: Michael Darnton*


Special Location Directions:
The meeting address is 250 East Bonita Ave. Claremont Ca 91711 for Google search. Bonita Avenue will be closed for repaving! Use 1st street to the parking structure if using GPS. Locate the South Parking Structure P1 at the bottom of the map. You must park there. Locate the Frank Dining Hall and the Mudd-Blaisdale dorms on the map. You will walk out of the parking structure along the street just south of the Frank dining room. You will see the small path between Frank and Mudd. Go up that path and turn left to the dorm entrance. We are in the dorm area. There will be signs.


*Michael Darnton appears courtesy of the Southern California Violin Making Workshop sponsored by J. Brown, Violin maker.

**Starts this week! Del Mar Fair Design In Wood Violin Making Presentations 6/7-7/6 **