Violin Making


Full Channel picked out


Purfling done!



Violin making in 2017 

In late 2016 I developed a 5-string model inspired by a long pattern Strad and the Strad Viotti.  I’m also building copies of the Huberman Strad from 1713. I’ve made many del Gesu copies in the past and am continuing to build that model this year. I use European tonewood or local sitka spruce and big leaf maple. 


I make my own varnish and am continually experimenting with different pigments, resins, and tweaking recipes. I often antique my instruments, giving them the glow and character much treasured in older violins. 


I strive to create an instrument that has the complexity and nuance of tone required by a discerning musician. I believe that each violin has as soul of sorts- a true individual voice. It is a trusted partner for the violinist. I aim to craft violins with outer beauty and inner warmth. I love to hear them sing.


I am always working on a violin- please visit my workbench page to see what I am currently building. I welcome enquiries about commissions. My instagram account often chronicles closely what I’m working on. Take a look: laura_wallace_luthier