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Lucas Fabro
Violin maker in Cremona

At a very young age he started to show interest in woodworking thanks to being part of a Scouts group, which he joined at the age of five. Later on in his youth, he started taking violin lessons with the maestro Roberto Cuccurullo and joined the “Camerata de Bernal” as a player.

Combining these two passions of music and woodworking, he decided to pursue his studies in violin making at the I.P.I.A.L.L. “Antonio Stradivari”.

He collaborates with Liuteria Tonewood, one of the leading suppliers of maple wood for instruments. He visited them in Croatia to enhance his theoretical and practical knowledge of wood, developing a unique expertise on the whole process involved in the preparation of wood used in violin making, from the cutting of the tree to the moment the wood is dried. He applies this knowledge and techniques to select the best wood to use for his instruments.

He takes pride in understanding all the technical processes which go into creating a great violin.
He knows the whereabouts of most of his instruments and get to see them from time to time as the musicians who commission them often become friends.

He works alone from scratch on each instrument and he has a keen interest in the physics of the instruments and the importance this has on the acoustics.
Each handmade top and back has its own individual and specified arching to enhance the sound quality of the instrument.

Varnishing is an integral part of his process as he uses his own recipe, having selected the different components matching his style of construction to get the highest quality of sound for his instruments.
During the set up stage he applies strict attention to detail, making certain that each instrument is always well balanced, with perfect equilibrium between the strings.

He’s as well a member of the MICHELANGELO FOUNDATION for creativity and craftmanship and the BVMA (British Violin Making Association).

His workshop is in the city centre of Cremona, just a stone’s throw from the home of Stradivari…

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    • 5 June 2023 12 h 47 min local time

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