Profession violin maker

Violin makers create and assemble parts to create violins according to specified instructions or diagrams. They sand wood, measure and attach strings, test quality of strings and inspect the finished instrument.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Musical instruments materials

    The characteristics of composite materials, felts, glues, leathers and skins, metals and precious metals, woods and wood derivatives to create musical instruments.

  • Types of violins

    String instruments with four strings such as the violin which is the smallest of the family, the viola or the middle voice, and the cello. Each of these instruments can either have its full size or a fractional size.

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

  • Types of spring

    Types of metal springs such as leaf, coil, torsion, clock, tension and extension spring.

  • Metalworking

    The process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures.

  • Tuning techniques

    Tuning pitches and techniques and musical temperaments for the various instruments.

Skills

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Produce violin components

    Choose the appropriate tonewood, materials and tools, and build the different parts of an instrument of the violin family such as the lower, upper and C bouts, the fringerboard, the bridge, the scroll, the strings and the pegbox.

  • Repair musical instruments

    Attach new strings, fix frames or replace broken parts of musical instruments.

  • Create musical instrument parts

    Design and create parts such as keys, reeds, bows, and others for musical instruments.

  • Assemble musical instrument parts

    Assemble parts together such as the body, strings, buttons, keys, and others to create the final musical instrument.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Tune stringed musical instruments

    Tune any parts of stringed musical instruments that are off-key, by using various tuning techniques.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Maintain musical instruments

    Check and maintain musical instruments.

  • Produce violin bows

    Choose the appropriate materials and tools, build the stick, pad, screw and frog, select and strech the horsehair, and finish the wooden surface.

  • Decorate musical instruments

    Create designs on musical instruments by using methods such as embossing, piercing, painting, woodworking, weaving, and other methods.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

Optional knowledge and skills

technical drawings acoustics evaluate restoration procedures dye wood identify customer's needs trade in musical instruments 3d modelling conservation techniques restore musical instruments apply restoration techniques pass on trade techniques history of musical instruments estimate value of musical instruments verify product specifications estimate restoration costs play musical instruments select restoration activities musical instrument accessories design musical instruments organic building materials stain wood