I'm going to guide you in the process of hand making a violin bridge through a series of simple steps. It is possible to chose between the contemporary modern model and a traditional baroque pattern, taken directly from a Stradivari model. You will carve a piece of seasoned maple using some of the main violin maker tools, in a friendly and creative enviroment. This is also going to be an occasion for you to know more about this admirable craft, since 2012 Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO 7.COM). You will be able to see the violin in different steps of the working process, dicroveing the five hundred years old method we still use to make each unique instrument.
I started out my journey in violin making fourteen years ago and since then it has been my primal passion and focus in life. I've been studying in Cremona four years at the International Violin making School, alongside working in a local workshop. Afterwards I practiced in one of the most renowed workshop worldwide, in London. Now I run my own business here in the Modena countryside, in an historical XVII century house, once home and bottega of the violin maker Alberto Guerra. Approaching this craft has been a great joy for me and I'm shure it could be a wonder also for other people, perhaps you!
I can pick you up with my car both in Modena and in Bologna (I am very close from the toll booth, coming from Bologna)
I will provide everything needed for the workshop, from the apron to the tools and materials
The activity will take place in my violin-making workshop: you'll stay in the enviroment where my creations take form, with all the raw wood, tools, resins and some of the relics from the Guerra's workshop, the violin maker who used to be here in the first half of the '900. I forgot to mention that the house is immerse in the lush greenery of the surrounding park.
Traditional Violin Making