Summer weeks

General information  
  • Level: beginner to professional
  • Participants: max. 12 (6 in “light” week)
  • Location: Dutch School of Violin Making, Markt 17, Makkum Netherlands
  • In case of summer courses, please register before June 1st.
  • There are good B&Bs and campsites in the area. A list is available on request via the contact form
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, differences between German and Italian violin making. But also top notch tool sharpening.


The voicing process 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 version: mitigating or eliminating wolves, enhancing weak spots, ensuring evennes over the strings, curing nasality are but a few of the possibilities. The second Summer Week will offer a comprehensive introduction to voicing.

Summer Week I – instrument making

Summer Weeks are a nice way to get acquainted with the School, its atmosphere, the staff and the making methods.

Summer Week II – instrument making, voicing

This week we will focus on voicing. If you want to participate actively in the voicing process, 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 through the finishing touch. If you don’t want to participate in voicing, or if you happen not to have an instrument in the white ready, you are perfectly welcome too.

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 hot lunch together, no accommodation options organized by the school. There are max. 6 participants, and the staff consists of Dirk Jacob Hamoen. The week is also a day shorter than the other weeks.   Staff Dirk Jacob Hamoen Violin maker, violin making teacher, musicologist and founder of the Dutch School of Violin Making. Rob Stemerding Much appreciated assistant to Dirk Jacob, technical jack-of-all-trades.   Registration Use the subscription form   Costs See rate list Dates Wk I: August 13-18 Wk II, Voicing: August 20-25 ‘Light’: June 13-17   Cancellation In case of cancellation we adhere to the following rules:
  1. up to 6 weeks before the beginning of the course, we refund the total fee minus €25,00 administration costs;
  2. later cancellations are not eligible for refund  Any refunding of fees already paid will take place no later than 4 weeks after the cancellation.