Save the date: the next Lutherie day is

29 April 2023

The programme for the 2023 conference will be announced early in 2023

Lutherie Day

The 22nd annual spring seminar for violin makers

Lutherie was founded to provide a forum for exchange of ideas, for meeting friends old and new, and for student violin makers to interact with the professionals. Details of the 2022 conference are below.

Iris Carr

Cello f-hole restoration and retouch texture

Iris Carr is a violin restorer specialising in major restorations of violins, violas and cellos based at her home in Suffolk. Since 2012, Iris has also been teaching restoration work in the UK and abroad and has made online teaching resources available during the Covid pandemic.

In her presentation, Iris will talk about restoring the f-holes of a cello back to their original position, and about the importance of replicating the texture of the varnish when finishing an area of repair.

Robert Cain

Trust me, this isn’t going to hurt!’

After 21 years of organising LUTHERIE meetings, Robert has finally invited himself to speak. Robert has taught for 20 years at the Newark School of Violinmaking, and is also a volunteer and trustee of Luthiers sans Frontières UK but few people know that he also has a parallel career in Medical Radiology.

CT scans are increasingly being used to document and research famous instruments. However, with the right expertise, a medical CT scanner also can provide crucial information to restorers. Robert will take is through the scanning process and will delight and amaze us with his own case histories, beautiful pictures and even ‘virtual endoscopies’ of instruments (and if you don’t know what an endoscopy is, lucky you!).

Anna Tummers

A practical approach to baroque set-up for violin

Born in Amsterdam in 1966 and trained in Cremona from 1986-1990, Anna moved to London in 1997 and has been in Brighton since 2004.

During her apprenticeship with Mathijs Heyligers in Cremona she became familiar with converting old instruments for early music and felt an affinity for this niche from the start.

In Holland she often went for advice to Fred Lindeman who was one of the pioneers in researching the baroque violin and who was always very generous in sharing his knowledge. Since then she has continued to learn and specialise, working with students, teachers and soloists from the early music field.

Robin Aitchison

Practical cello making

After training in engineering, Robin studied at Newark School of Violin Making (1993-96) and worked on the collection at the Royal Academy of Music (1996-98). For the last 22 years he has worked exclusively on cellos, developing a specialism in new making, set up and sound adjustment.

Robin’s talk offers a pragmatic approach to cello making informed by historic instruments, beginning with an overview of cello development in 17th and 18th century Italy, and the challenge of learning from cut-down instruments. He’ll then explore down-to-earth ways to approach this body of historic material when considering model selection for contemporary instruments. Robin concludes with an offering of practical ideas for the making process and tooling which he’s found helpful.


Traders have been an important fixture of Lutherie from its inception. This year they included:

Alexander Accessories
Andreas Pahler Tonholz
British Violin Making Association
D’Addario Strings
Luminis Violin Varnish - Canterbury Violins
Lutherie Books/Tim Toft Violins
RAB Trust
The Sound Post Ltd

If you would like to book a trader’s table, please contact us:


Newark Town Hall
Market Place
Newark on Trent
NG24 1DU

Doors open at 09.45 for coffee and chat, the conference starts at 10.30 and ends at 16.45, with breaks for lunch, catered by Gannets of Newark, and tea.

As in previous years, Newark College is allowing us the use of their car park in Bede House Lane on a first-come, first served basis, postcode NG24 1PY or What3Words ///

Overnight accommodation:
Beaumond Cross, Portland Street, Newark NG24 1XG


A first for the new-look Lutherie is a platform for connecting violin businesses looking for staff with potential employees. We are delighted that Renato Carrano and Piotr Kulcenty from Stringers of London will be here looking to recruit. Please come to talk to them, bring some work and a CV. If you still have some years of study to go, it’s a chance to find out more about the opportunities ahead and how you can prepare to be ready for them.

Luthiers sans Frontières – our charity partner for 2022

Lutherie has supported LSF for many years and we are delighted to continue the tradition; from this year’s conference we were able to donate £875 to LSF for their coming projects. To find out more about them and how you can help by donating old strings, fittings and tools, click on the button below.


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Booking information

Bookings for 2023 will open early in the new year

Lutherie 2022

Lutherie is organised by Helen Michetschläger, Tim Southon and Nicole Terry.

If you have any queries, please contact Tim:

Or telephone Helen on 0161 972 0839

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