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LUTHERIE 2017   The 19th annual spring seminar for violinmakers Saturday April 29th 2017 10.30-16.30 Barnbygate Methodist Church, Barnbygate, Newark upon trent, Notts, NG24 1PX,  UK

Sponsored by

Trade Exhibition

At LUTHERIE, you have the chance to talk to suppliers and shop for everything  a violinmaker could need. Confirmed suppliers are listed below.


Rod Ward

Seasoned maple, repair clamps, madder lake pigments


Geoff Mather

Maker of Carving Planes
Smoothing Planes & Tools
For Craftsmen, Musical Instrument Makers & Repairers

01942 537131

Andreas Pahler



Alexander Accessories

AA chinrests and tailpieces have been sold all over the world, to violin makers, dealers and players and it gives us a great amount of pride and satisfaction to know that our accessories are being used by so many of the world’s greatest players.

Contact Tony Mason at enquiries@alexanderaccessories.com or tel +44 1509 767807 or visit our website to see all the different chinrests and tailpieces we make.


The Old Tool Store

Suppliers of Fine Old Woodworking Tools

Tel: 01507 525697


Caroline Campbell

brings to LUTHERIE 2017


a range of Violin Bags, from synth to silk

www.carolinesviolins.com   07958 608671

Helen Michetschläger


notes and articles from the workshop of


"When you first pick up this book there is a sense of substance: it has heavy covers, beautiful photographs and good paper. This is a book intended to survive through many readings. The impression carries over into the research and re-assembly of the work of Koen Padding... Helen Michetschläger's book will be an essential text on the subject of violin varnish."
Joe Robson, THE STRAD, February 2016

In one of the most useful books on the subject, the writings of the late Koen Padding appear for the first time in one collection.    

Koen was known to violin makers worldwide through his Magister company, which produced and researched varnish materials based on historical sources. 

This book comprises all the articles and notes he wrote on the subject. The text has been enlarged with the inclusion of advice and insights that Koen gave personally to users of Magister products. It provides a wealth of information from practical varnishing techniques to the history and analysis of classical coatings including the influence of alchemy.

Lists of materials left in the workshop at Koen’s death are included as well as scientific analysis of some Magister products and details of purchases made from his principal suppliers.

For full details of the book contents, and to order, visit www.violinvarnishbook.net

Book format:

170 x 242mm hardback

144 pages

Full colour illustrations


Price £40 + postage and packing


The production of this book is a nonprofit enterprise, and thanks are due to the many people who have contributed material or given permission to include previously published articles.  Donations from proceeds of the book will benefit Luthiers sans Frontières UK, Oxfam Syria appeal and the music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

A sound revolution through precision engineering

At Lutherie 2017 we will be selling violin books suitable for both violin maker and enthusiast. 

Please visit www.timtoftviolins.com to see our stock of books.