Violin Making


Full Channel picked out


Purfling done!

Violin making in 2021

I completed Grand Pattern Amati inspired violin earlier in the year, and King Joseph will be done this summer. I have a modified Alard Amati started that I will complete in the fall, and plans for several Strad model violins to follow. I am booking commissions for early 2022. Please contact me if you’re interested. 

I work with local wood- Sitka Spruce and Big Leaf Maple. I also build with Alpine Spruce and Balkan Maple. I stay strongly within the traditions of violin making, but I am not a copiest. I build instruments based on great instruments of the past, but make each instrument also my own. I honour the past masters and strive to the highest standard of craftsmanship. I love using materials from the new world in building an instrument form the old world. I work in service to the music and the musician.

The process of varnishing is an art that demands constant experimenting with different pigments, resins, and tweaking recipes. I have an idea in mind for the final look of each violin, but I allow the process to unfold and create each unique instrument.  I often gently 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