How to make a violin

220 hours of work are necessary to make a violin. According to the Cremonese classical technique, the basis of the construction is the inside form. It is designed by a plan that has reached a high level of technical and artistic perfection.

The classical cremonese form is also called “inside form” because all the construction process starts from inside; with this method, the violinmaker can freely decide the external construction creating it in accordance with his own ideas.

The glueing of the ribs represents the first step in the construction of the instrument. The ribs are glued externally to the form already prepared, fixed on small blocks. In this way the wood can conform and model itself to the softness typical of the natural tension of the fibres. It is for these reasons that the cremonese form seems the more suitable method of construction to improve the acoustic and stylistic possibilities of the instrument and gives the violinmaker a major liberty of interpretation.

It is important for the violinmaker to have a clear project of work since the beginning; in any case, each instrument made by the violinmaker is an exclusive and unique piece created by his creativity and ability.