The Master Violinmaker

The Master Violinmaker, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1993  ISBN 0-395-65365-7

Illustrated with photographs by David O. Saunders
32 pages Grades 3-8 Hardcover

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John Larrimore holds a maple board between his thumb and finger.  He taps it.  The best pieces of wook ring like a bell.  When he hears that clear, pure sound, Larrimore knows that he can begin.
In simple text and striking full-color photographs, The Master Violinmaker captures a skilled craftsman at work.  Using traditional tools and methods that have been handed down for hundreds of years, Larrimore cuts and plands and carves, turning a few carefully-chosen pieces of maple and spruce into a creaceful instrument that sings with a strong, sweet voice.  This book is a vivid and satisfying introduction to a very special art.

The Master Violinmaker is now out of print.  Order copies directly from Paul Fleisher


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