Make or Repair a Violin


Make or Repair a Violin

This ongoing class is currently full. Please join the waitlist if you want to be alerted when a spot opens.

Member - Make a New Violin

$575.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Member - Repair or Continue Work on a Violin

$250.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. 10/06/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. 10/13/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. 10/20/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. 10/27/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  5. 11/03/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  6. 11/10/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  7. 11/17/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  8. 11/24/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  9. 12/01/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  10. 12/08/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  11. 12/15/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

10/6/2023 - 12/15/2023

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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Build, finish, and string a violin so it's ready to play. Or get an old, damaged violin back into playable shape.

Building or repairing a violin is a challenging project, and not one that can be completed in a few class sessions. So this class is structured to let you work at your own pace with a minimum of stress. The class fee covers three hours a week of instructor time for 12 weeks — approximately three months. You can also work independently between sessions. If your instrument is not completed after three months, you can sign up for another 12 weeks (or more). It's likely that 12 weeks will not be enough to build a new violin, especially if you don't already have hand woodworking experience or if you can't devote much time to work on it between sessions.

The instructor will focus instruction on what each student needs. If you're building a violin, you will start with a bundle of wood and go through all the steps, from shaping the parts to assembling them, applying finish, and setting up your instrument so it's ready to play. If you're repairing a violin, the steps will depend on what is needed.

This class is open to beginning woodworkers and students who do not play the violin or fiddle (the instruments are the same; it's the playing that differs). But experience with either or both crafts would be an asset.


Class Policies

  • You can sign up for this class at any time, with the fee covering 12 sessions. If you want to join mid-month, please email Studio Support Coordinator
  • The class overlaps with open studio - you'll be sharing the Bench Room with others.
  • This class is open to BARN members only. Because it overlaps with open studio and is structured so you'll probably want to use the tools during additional open studio hours, guest drop-in fees would total far more than the membership fee.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes. If you need to use power tools to shape any parts, you will also need to wear safety glasses, tie back long hair and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Clay Levit

Clay Levit owned and operated Fiddler’s Green Music Shop, a stringed instrument store in Austin, Texas, for 15 years. He began learning violin building at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire and studied varnishing with Joe Robson in Ohio. He loves the combination of art and science inherent in the craft of building violins or fiddles. Clay makes fiddles and does repairs in his workshop on Bainbridge Island. When he’s not making fiddles, you might find him playing Irish fiddle music in a pub session!

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