Lingtzu Chen May 9, 2017 Philip Ihle Lingtzu, a Taiwanese student at the violin making school in Newark just sent us the following report: I was awarded a financial grant to buy violin wood as well as a work experience placement in my first year at Newark. I am so grateful that I was able to afford a set of good quality violin wood. The model that I chose is the “Titian” Stradivarius violin, 1715, one of Stradivari’s finest golden period instruments. I was told that this violin is played by Cho-Liang Lin, a Taiwanese-American violinist. The sound is very powerful and colourful and impressed me. I really like the flame on the ribs which I bought, but I encountered great difficulties in bending them. I am working on the front and back for the moment and expect to finish this violin by the end of June. I am thinking about trying some antiquing techniques on this violin given enough time. I was very excited to have the chance to have work experience at The Workshop in Cambridge. On April 9th I arrived in Cambridge with several projects in my mind. Christopher Beament was my primary tutor and Juliet Barker also took care of me. During my week there I carried out set-up work on two violins that I made before, including fingerboard, top-nut, saddle, pegs, bridge fitting, soundpost, neck reshaping and retouching. Chris taught me some different but more efficient and simpler ways. For example, I used to finish the fingerboard completely and then glued it onto the neck. Now, I only finish the scoop underneath and then glue it onto neck straight away. I finish the cross section work of fingerboard on the violin afterwards. It is easier to hold the fingerboard this way and doesn’t require the fingerboard holder. It is helpful to discuss different methods with professionals. Juliet told me that “efficiency” is very important. You need to find a way to perform quality work with less time. This is what I need to improve. Chris also said that all I need is doing it again and again, and letting the muscles memorize and get used to how to work. Practice makes perfect! It was an absorbing week. It also made me realize that you have to question everything. There are lots of different ways to do the same job. I have to experiment to find the one that gives me the results that I want. On the whole, it was a great work experience, exhausting but fun! I am extremely grateful to the RAB Trust for offering me a place in The Workshop, and would like to say a big thank you to Chris and Juliet.