F Hole Models

String instruments are usually made according to a set of characteristics known as a model. A luthier might choose to use one of four primary models (Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Amati or Stainer), to use a slightly more unusual model, or to strike out on their own using a personal model.

Gareth Ballard's Design Process

After we first met, Gareth spent some time explaining his method when arching his violins. I asked him to write this down as it is a fascinating and wonderfully simple concept (although difficult to pull off) which produces brilliant instruments.