Luthiers sans Frontières UK

LSF-UK is the UK branch of an international network of LSF groups

www.lsf-uk.org

Registered charity 1168809

LSF (Luthiers sans Frontières- Violin Makers without Borders) was set up in Belgium in 2001 as a voluntary group of professional violin and bow makers. The UK branch was founded in 2008.

LSF (Luthiers sans Frontières- Violin Makers without Borders) provides training in repair and care of violins and bows in countries where these skills are scarce.

We recognise that music and working on musical instruments has an important role in fostering social development and in improving the life-chances of young people, especially in countries where there is political or economic difficulty.


So far LSF UK has completed 15 missions to Haiti, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Philippines, Antigua, Uganda and Malawi.

Can you help us?

We need:

Strings

Good used strings can have a useful life on student instruments. Don’t throw them away! Please put the used strings into the empty ‘new’ packet and bring them to Lutherie or send the sets to John Milnes, 1a Brook Street, Oxford OX1 4LQ. (Sadly we can’t use tangles of strings taken from cheap instruments – they are difficult to sort and the quality is not worth the effort.)

Tools

Virtually any hand tools useful to violinmakers.

Old cello and bass bridges

We can adapt them for re-use or recycle them for all kinds of uses.

New Bow hair, bridges, pegs etc

Virtually any and everything has a use, but not tailpieces or shoulder rests please.

Money

The cost of sending two volunteers on a mission is around £3,000.


You can donate via our website www.lsf-uk.org or come to see us on our stand on the day at LUTHERIE.

Violin maker or restorer? We need volunteers as well as donations!


Lutherie 2022

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

If you have any queries, please contact Tim: lutheriedayuk@gmail.com

Or telephone Helen on 0161 972 0839

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