There are many ways to make a violin and different techniques can produce similar results. Because were lucky enough to also restore old instruments, weve been able to see the working marks left by the makers. By studying these instruments we can see into the working traditions of the 17th and 18th century Cremonese and other Italians. Copying an old instrument is about the only way to really learn from that maker.
We use traditional forms and patterns as well as time honored techniques rediscovered in this century by Simon Sacconi to achieve a very traditional result. All of the techniques we use today were used in woodworking three hundred years ago in Italy and all the work is done by hand from the joints to the purfling channel.
We live in the last part of the 20th century so we do use electric lights and the telephone (and as you can see...a web page) and a bandsaw only for the rough work...but we remain fiercely loyal to the Italian tradition. This may seem like a small point and it doesnt mean that other makers using machines dont make fine instruments. We enjoy working in this manner as players enjoy the process of playing. Its this time honored process that is responsible for our product.