ARTISAN VIOLINS Laurentius Huige

MAKING

 

 

‘New making’ is the art of creating an instrument, the artisan way, from raw blocks of handpicked special timber. The professional trade of violin making has been around for centuries and more or less the whole duration of that time it has been done by hand tools.

Even today machinery rarely comes into the making process. The violinmaker is regarded an Artisan, a self-employed professional craftsman, who has learned his trade well. We make violins according to the Cremonese tradition with an instrument-shaped inside mould. Inspiration of the different styles of makes and models comes from the Italian masters of old.

 

Recent research has shown, that golden section, phi, Fibonacci and proportions of distance have got a lot to do with violinmaking.
Starting with the first Amatis, more style comes into the shape and development of the instruments of the violin family. Moreover, the violin shape as we know it today can be traced back to the Amati-family.

 

Distance and measurement were less abstract and less standardised than they are today. People used proportions for measurement in partials, for instance: 1:2, 2:3, 3:4, 3:5, 5:8, 5:9, et cetera.
With the correct radius you can then see that the different curves of the violin shape start to show up. With this knowledge added to the mix, we can now design our own instrument models as the old masters did. And there is no telling where we might end up!