© Robert Cain

LUTHERIE 2018   The 20th annual spring seminar for violinmakers Saturday May 5th 2018 10.30-16.30 Barnbygate Methodist Church, Barnbygate, Newark upon trent, Notts, NG24 1PX,  UK

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Display of instruments.

  1. If you are bringing instruments for display, please note the security arrangements:

  1. Please take your instrument and case to the person on duty at the display table at the back of the church and sign it in either before 10.30 or during the lunch break.

  1. Please attach some form of identification to the case and instrument beforehand.

  1. Unless you specify otherwise, it will be assumed that you are happy for your instrument to be handled and played.

  1. The exhibition will be supervised and not open to the general public however, it is not possible to control the access completely during the breaks. You are advised that instruments are left at the owner’s risk. Please ensure that you have appropriate insurance cover.

  1. Do not remove your instrument without signing it out.

Donations to Luthiers sans Frontieres UK’s Mission to Haiti 2018

Please read this important message from LSF volunteer Julie Folio

I'm Julie Folio, luthier in York. I am writing to you on behalf of Luthier sans Frontieres-UK (Violin makers without Borders), an organization based in Great Britain.

Monika Gapinska (luthier in Zurich) and myself are now in charge of a project in Haiti : in 2015, our team of luthiers: Julie Folio, Monika Gapinska and Robert Cain (teacher at the Newark School of Violin Making), flew to Cap Haitian and Cange to teach a dozen eager students restoration techniques and to donate much needed tools. Thanks to many donations from workshops, companies and Newark students, we managed to go again last summer, having most of our Haitian students back and new ones ready to learn more.

This project is a key for music in Haiti. As many instruments are donated every year to the several music schools in Haiti, they need to learn how to repair them and maintain them in good condition. This summer, we aim to extend our stay to continue to train these building violin makers, who already perform simple and advanced repairs for their music schools, in more advanced repairs and set ups through a more informed and structured curriculum.

For the past two years that I've been involved in this project, donations helped so much and this is the reason I'm writing to you today.

With your help, we can provide the next generation of luthiers with the tools and equipment they need. Our project would mainly use tools, strings and fittings for bowed instrument, which we hope you could supply. We would give prominent publicity to this fact in all our promotional material such as our blog (https://lutheriehaitilsf.wordpress.com/) and website http://www.lsf-uk.org/ as well as brochures and publicity leaflets.

It may be that you have other ideas that you would like to discuss with us, we are open for your ideas.

A donation of any size, whether financial, discounts or material will grant the opportunity for these talented Haitian artisans to realize their full potential.

Our Mission aims to provide training, tools and equipment to local music school students in Haiti at the yearly Summer Music Camp.

More precisely we're looking for new or second hand tools and fittings : 

- Bridges
- Tail pieces
- Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass)
- End pin, Button
- Top Nut
- Pegs
- Peg shaper/reamer
- Files 
- Planes/scrapers
- Knives
- Chisels... (Any tools really)
- Set up tools
- Bow hair
- Sharpening stones

Mainly, that would be anything you don't use anymore or that you don't want to use or sell because this tool is too blunt, not precise enough or has a defect etc... All those things would be really really useful to us and our student.

It would be great if you can bring any of those to LUTHERIE 2017, if you can't, you can still send it at the Violin School, there's no problem with this.
I'll come to you on Saturday.

Thank you so much !


Julie Folio

Trade stands

We have more trade stands than ever selling everything for the violinmaker and plenty of time during the breaks to shop. Barnes and Mullins will have a sale of discounted strings. Check the website for the latest details:- www.violinmaking.co.uk

Evening Concert

Don’t forget the wonderful evening concert featuring the Trent Chamber Academy at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Information at www.violinmaking.co.uk

I hope you have a very pleasant day.

Robert Cain, Lutherie 2018 organiser

(01636)700295      Mobile: 078 378 450 44        info@violinmaking.co.uk

Last minute information will be posted at www.violinmaking.co.uk please check it before the day.



Directions/Access to the car park  IMPORTANT!!!!!!

The map reference for the venue is:- https://www.google.com/maps/@53.0807892,-0.8068868,15z

The College car park in Bede House Lane will be open as usual. Due to road works, the Sherwood Avenue end of Bede House lane is closed so you have to come down Barnbygate and turn right into Bede House Lane. The car park is just on your left as the road bends. It’s almost adjacent to the venue and very easy to find. Note that the car park closes at 1030pm for those attending the concert. Any cars left after that time will be locked in. You will have to ring me on 078 378 450 44 but I may not be available right away!



Thanks again to Bruce Perrin and Barnes and Mullins for their sponsorship of LUTHERIE 2018.


Change of Speaker

Sadly, Colin Gough is unlikely to be able to speak at LUTHERIE. His wife has been taken seriously ill and our thought are with him and his family at this difficult time. His session will still go ahead and will be taken by George Stoppani who has collaborated with him on this research. We are very grateful for George for stepping in.



Newark is undergoing major work on its sewage system and there are roadworks, contraflows, blocked roads and one way systems. You are advised to allow a bit more time for your journey.


Opening time

The venue will be open from 0930am. Refreshments are available in the hall which is accessed via the church. The Trade stands should all be set up by then.


Food etc

As usual, there will be a free buffet lunch in the hall. A number of people will contribute to this including many of the Violin School students. WE CANNOT POSSIBLY KNOW THE EXACT CONTENTS OF EACH DISH so, if you have allergies, food preferences or any other complications, please make your own arrangements. DO NOT BRING FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE CHURCH. This a condition of our hire and makes a lot of work for the people clearing up.


Hope Project

Violin School student Marios Pavlou is initiating a student project to make five violins in October. These will be sold in 2019 and the proceeds will go to aiding Syrian refugees. At 1330 we will introduce the project and suggest ways that you can become involved. (Andreas Pahler has already pledged five sets of wood!)


Starting the sessions

Lastly, and THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. We need to start the sessions on time. PLEASE sit down beforehand i.e at 1030, 1330 and 1515. Its very frustrating to have to keep asking people and delays the sessions. I’d appreciate your cooperation.



1030-George Stoppani


1330-Peter Sheppard- Skaevaard


1515-Arnaud Giral



I look forward to meeting you and I hope you have a rewarding and enjoyable day. Please get in touch if you need to.

Robert Cain 01636 700 295   info@violinmaking.co.uk

Mobile 07837 845 044