Making a violin from "scratch"
I have read a few books on making violins, and I'm quite handy in the workshop, both with metal and wood.
Somehow, I have this itch to make a violin, balanced only by my fear that the first half a dozen instruments I would make would be "unplayable" outside the workshop. And I don't know if I would commit to making "half a dozen" instruments.
What is the experience of other people? Do many people make a reasonable instrument in their first few attempts, or is it something for the long haul?
I have wanted that for a long time and I'm still working up the courage. But I am leaning more and more towards making a viola instead.
I mean the worst you’ll have made will be a really nice accent furniture! I think you should go for it!
I might be tempted to try this if I did not have shaky hands. Anyhow - the approach i would take would be to start out with one of those "violin making kits" that will show up on google.com search. This would give me a chance to start with the final steps and get some idea of what is involve to do that.
The learning curve in violin making is very slow.
Making vioins, as a hobby, can be a great pastime. Making violins, as a profession, can be a pretty hard row to hoe.
I second Andrew's suggestion of buying a kit. My first luthiery project was a violin kit from Stewart-Macdonald. I learned lots and produced a violin that I am very pleased with. (I did graduate the plates).
You have an itch to make a violin?
I too have always wanted to try my hand at this, but have never had the courage to try.
Graeme, I say go for it! You'll never know until...
All very interesting comments. Thank you.
I started with an old cheap violin. Fixing cracks in the table, flank facing the pegbox, making new bridges. In the process I learned I needed quite a few tools. Some I made myself, Including a total of 32 clamps. Oh, get a drill press that don't wobble.
I made a step by step tutorial about scroll carving some years ago, here: https://maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/317301-carving-a-scroll-step-by-step-or-almost/