Please note: This course is offered more than once. Please be sure to select the appropriate week section in the right-hand column when enrolling.
A week of violin making at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute is much like being in the workshop of a full time violin making school. Participants will progress on their own instruments at their own pace with their own tools. Instruction will be given to each student, and to small groups, to individualize the learning experience. There will also be daily lectures with discussion, a different topic every day on subjects of interest to the particular class. Ample time for individual progress is built into the daily schedule. An atmosphere of mutual discovery and exploration will leave the participants with advancements toward completion on their own projects, and a renewed zeal for this timeless and classic craft.
Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with open workshop hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Materials & Tools
Professionals and curious amateurs may bring one or two violins or violas unfinished, at any stage of completion, made on any model. It is beneficial if two instruments are at the same stage, so that a learned skill can be immediately repeated, but this is not a requirement.
Please contact instructor Todd Goldenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org for individual tool needs.
Todd Goldenbberg’s path to becoming a violin maker began with a degree in botany from the University of New Hampshire. Todd began to pursue his passion by moving to Portland Oregon where he studied with guitar maker Rob Ehlers. A move to Chicago was intended to expand his training in guitar-making, but, once there, Todd was hired at Bein and Fushi and he has been a violin maker ever since.
Todd next moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he began a nine-year tenure with Shar Products Company. Working closely with David Burgess. In 1987 Todd settled in North Berwick, Maine and opened his own violin studio in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Todd has taught violin making at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. He was part of a co-operative group of violin makers in Waltham, Massachusetts where he worked alongside other New England makers. Finally, in 2003 Todd built a violin shop across the road from his lakeside home. Here he works as a violin, viola and cello maker. Todd has been awarded a silver medal for cello tone In V.S.A sponsored international competition in 2006 .Todd has served two terms on the board member of the Violin Society of America.
Claire Curtis is a violin maker and restorer in Southern Maine. She started her violin career in 1990, taking classes at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute. Over the next ten years she took courses in violin repair (with Hans Nebel and Horst Kloss), bow repair (with Arnold Bone and Lynn Hannnings), bow making (with Lynn Hannings), and finally, violin making with Geigenbaumeister Karl Roy. Later, she became one of Karl Roy's workshop assistants, and he asked her to help him research and write his book “The Violin: Its History and Making” (published 2006), for which she travelled to Mittenwald and Cremona.
Claire attended the Oberlin Violin Workshop for setup, acoustics, and restoration, which exposed her to a wide variety of approaches and techniques used by luthiers around the world. She was, for a time, editor of the Journal of the Violin Society of America, and is currently on the staff of the Oberlin Violin Restoration Workshop.