Merton College


There are three parts to this introduction.

One - a short overview of the violin making process, demonstrating some of the various systems used now and historically. Alongside this we will include reference to the various woods used in the trade.

Two - a more practical part, discussing and practicing the skills of making, sharpening and using tools such as planes, chisels and gouges. Here we will demonstrate various types of sharpening stone and make some recommendations.

Three - a chance to try your hand at soundpost setting, making small templates or other aspect of violin work that you might be interested in.


You will need to pay £10.00 on enrolment for materials needed.


You will complete an individual learning plan and provide self-assessment throughout the course. Photos and displays of your completed work will also be used.

Entry Requirements

You must be over the age of 19.

Next Steps

Progress onto our courses starting in sept 2019.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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