Here are a few links that some people may find interesting or useful.  Please feel free to suggest links.

Community/Charity Groups

OrKIDStra, the Leading Note Foundation – Ottawa, Canada

Luthiers Sans Frontières

Violin-Family Makers

Fine Strings

On-Line Playing Resources

Guide to buying a violin from

A useful String Guide

Wiki University, Violin 101 – for the beginner

Todd Ehle Video Lessons

ViolinLab Lessons for beginners (YouTube)

The Strad Magazine

On-Line Making Resources

Davide Sora’s You Tube Videos – Award winning making technique!

String Lookup, String ID Chart

Tools & Supplies 

Atlantic Violin Supplies free-vector-maple-leaf_099369_Maple_Leaf – Great prices

Lemuel Violins (Formerly Luscombe Violins) free-vector-maple-leaf_099369_Maple_Leaf – Wide selection

Dictum (Germany) – Large selection

Diefenbacher Tools (US) – Great tool selection

GEWA (UK) – I have not personally used them

Luthiers Mercantile International (US) – Mainly guitar focused

Stewart McDonald (US) – Mainly guitar focused

David T. Van Zandt also has a good list of supply links on his website here.

Canadian Wood Suppliers

Mountain Voice free-vector-maple-leaf_099369_Maple_Leaf

Artisan Wood to Works (Bow River) free-vector-maple-leaf_099369_Maple_Leaf

North American Violin Making Associations

Catgut Acoustical Society – Joined the Violin Society of America in 2004

Southern California Association of Violin Makers

Violin Makers Association of Arizona International

Violin Making Association of British Columbia

Violin Society of America


Canadian Encyclopedia Article on Violin Making – includes historical information on making in Canada and descriptions of prominent makers over the years.

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