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The Irish School of Lutherie was set up in 1980 to train individuals in instrument construction in a working instrument maker’s factory. It was found that the students learned more from a busy workshop environment than from textbooks or a clinical school atmosphere at that time only one pupil could attend for the 12-week course due to factory size. Nowadays up to 5 people are catered for at the same time.

The courses can start on the Monday of each week anytime from January to December.

The first two weeks are spent designing the instrument, making moulds and jigs, followed by intensive instruction on building techniques and final varnishing and set up of the completed instrument.

All moulds and completed parts are the property of the student and arrangements must be made for transport of goods home. Materials are available for most instruments, but in some countries, the wood and fittings can be bought more cheaply. Students are advised when booking to discuss instrument requirements.

Reference books, drawings, video instruction and addresses of suppliers are available, and students can write up any information necessary in their work. There is also a wide range of hand and machine tools available and instruction on safety and use is given.

As the instruction is carried out in a busy workshop, students can see repairs carried out and instruments being made on a day-to-day basis.
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