Summer weeks

Stringed instrument or bow

We organize different course weeks, all of which are held in Makkum. It is possible to make a bowed instrument or a bow. The weeks are open to all levels, from absolute beginners to builders with a lot of experience. All course weeks take place in the summer.

A violin, viola, gamba or any other string instrument

Beginners start with making their own mold, or by buying a ready made mold and template of the model used at the School. The  School has tools available to borrow for the beginners. Advanced participants work on their own projects at their own level. They are expected to bring their own hand tools, because the workshop does not house tools for all participants. With them we will delve deeper into the thinking behind the making: e.g. creating a stable and sound efficient arching, plate thicknessing, how to determine the dimensions of the bass bar, the differences between German and Italian violin making. But also top notch tool sharpening.


The voicing phase, after the woodwork, is unique to the School. It enables you to influence sound and playing characteristics of your instrument in the white. Not that you can alter the basic character of the instrument, but you can bring out the best: mitigating or eliminating wolves, enhancing weak spots, ensuring evennes over the strings, curing nasality are but a few of the possibilities to make the best possible version of your instrument. The second Summer Week will offer a comprehensive introduction to voicing.

Summer Week I – instrument making

This week is open to participants of all levels. It is a nice way to get acquainted with the School, its atmosphere, the teachers and the making methods. Experienced makers work on their own projects, discussing with, and getting advice from the staff.

Summer Week II – instrument making

This week will be dedicated to voicing. You have to bring an instrument in the white in playable condition. Maybe there is the chance of the School having a white instrument available for voicing. Inform with the staff. The last days a professional violinist will be present to guide us to the finishing touch.

Summer Week Light – instrument making

In order to meet the steadily increasing interest in  our Summer Weeks, we have introduced the Summer Week Light. “Light” means, without a communal hot lunch, no accomodation options organized by the school, max. 6 participants, the staff consists of Dirk Jacob Hamoen,and one day shorter than the other weeks.

Summer Week – bow making: CANCELLED SUMMER 2022

Anyone making his first bow is encouraged to mak a baroque bow (violin, cello or bass) complete with clip-in frog. Making a classic stick is too ambitious for a beginner. In the second year you can choose to make a classic frog plus button, or a classic stick made of pernambuco, satinwood, acacia, etc. In the third year you complete the classic bow. Classic means with a minimum of silverware. The stick is otherwise all-round in a musical sense. A week is often too short to complete a stick. To keep the progress in your project, we offer weekends during the year, during which you can continue to work on a stick or slipper.

Teachers and guest lecturers

Dirk Jacob Hamoen
Violin maker, violin making teacher, musicologist and founder of the Dutch Violin Making School. Finishes his violins on sound, which gives them a particularly high quality.
Rob Stemerding
Much appreciated assistant to Dirk Jacob, technical jack-of-all-trades who comes up with unexpectedly good solutions, unhindered by violin-making tunnel vision.
Eitan Hoffer
Bow maker and musician. Studied baroque violin at the conservatory in Utrecht, returned to Israel after his studies where he plays in various orchestras. His bows are now receiving international acclaim. He finishes his bows carefully as to playing characteristics, sound, articulation, etc. The result is always a bow that “works”.
André Klaassen
Bow maker and old friend of Dirk Jacob Hamoen. With a long and successful career as a bow maker, he is, among other things, the master of the simple, yet highly efficient trick and ditto auxiliary tools.

General information

  • Level: beginner to professional
  • Participants: max. 12 per week (6 in “light” week)
  • Location: de Dutch Violin Making School, Markt 17, Makkum Netherlands
  • In case of summer courses, please make reservations before june 1st.
  • There are good B&Bs and campsites in the area. An overview list is available on request via the contact form


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In case of cancellations we adhere to the following rules
  1. ultimately 6 weken for beginning of the course, we refund the total fee minus €25,00 administration costs;
  2. later reservation are not eligable for refunds The chance of finding another substitute has become too small. Any refund of fees already paid will take place no later than 4 weeks after the cancellation.