Learning Trade Secrets

Violins

The Secret is Out

Learning Trade Secrets

Fine Stringed Instrument Making & Restoration Programs

Now They Know

Our First Workshop

All of the students exceeded their own expectations. Thirteen students accomplished 85 rehairs, 19 thumbgrips and 14 wraps! We cannot express how proud we are of our students.

Workshops Now Open

Registration

Registration is now open for our 2020 workshops. There are special requirements and resources specifically for these workshops. Be sure to read the full details.

We specialize in

Training Workshops

We offer a wide variety of training for fine string instrument and bow making & restoration.
Many of our workshops require pre-requisites and instructor approval before application is accepted.
We look forward to seeing you in one of our training workshops soon!

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The Latest Updates!

We are sorry to announce that we have decided to postpone the remainder of our spring workshops…

Our first rehair workshop went off without a hitch! The new space was great! Every student had plenty of room to work and gather around the…

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I wanted to write and thank you all for the hospitality and the class.  It was a great experience and I got a lot out of it.  I hope your endeavor meets with success.  I am certainly talking it up to the people I know.  It's a great space, and a well set-up and thought out program.  I would love to take another class...  So, good job!

Justin Boone
Frost Gully Violins
Brunswick, ME

The bow rehairing course was pretty amazing.  I've been to a ton of seminars and this was tops.  Such an enjoyable, pragmatic approach to working on bows.  

Matthew Louck
Downer's Grove, IL

Thank you all so much for such an amazing workshop!  I was truly blessed by it all.  I learned so much and had a lot of fun too.  I am inspired to work harder and grow more. I truly appreciate how you run the workshop.  All of the details make it so worthwhile.  But best of all it is such a pleasure to learn from you.

Amelyse Arroyo
Arroyo Bows
Gainesville, FL

We had a small group for this first time offering, but the results were impressive!

Stacey Styles, Instructor
Stacey Styles Violin Restoration
Holyoke, MA

It has been a privilege to learn from Rodney Mohr.  Little did I know that my life would change after I attended his bow rehair class.  I wouldn't be where I am today without his guidance and expertise.

Marco Retana
Robertson & Sons Violins
Albuquerque, NM

The Mohr's are phenomenal instructors!  Very well thought out course.

Tony DiMambro
Troy, MI

I loved their rehair and repair workshops. I came in without any tool skills and was still able to complete rehairs and several repairs. They worked with me until I understood each concept and it was exciting watching my work transform.

Samantha Dickman
Bay Village, OH

Great rehair workshop!  I by far outpaced my expectations. I couldn’t recommend this course enough for someone interested in starting into their first thousand bows!

Jason Starkie
Starkie Lutherie
Seattle, WA

Your workshop changed my life! Thanks for all the hospitality and knowledge. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a proper and tidy rehair!!!

Jeremy Bartel
The Baroque Violin Shop 
Cincinnati, OH

Thank you so much for such an amazing workshop! I learned so much and had a lot of fun too. All of the details make it so worthwhile, but best of all it is such a pleasure to learn from you.

Amelyse Arroyo
Arroyo Bows

Any aspiring bow maker would be well served in study with you.
 

Nick Walker
The #Covid-19 #ViolinBow is ready for its #FinishingTouches wrap, thumbgrip and #rehair join us on our #youtubechannel to watch @rodneydmohr finish up this bow. This will be the last day of our #livestream hope to see you there! 12pm EST at www.youtube.com/learningtradesecrets 
#LearningTradeSecrets #RodneyDMohr #BowMaker #BowMaking #archetier #covid-19project #Coronageddon #coronavirus #foragoodcause #luthier #violin #violinbowrehair #bowrehair #HowItsMade #makingit #woodworking #madebyhandWe're getting ready for day 7 of our #Covid-19 #ViolinBow #making #Livestream @rodneydmohr will be cutting the mortise in the head of the bow and finishing the frog. Visit our #youtube we start at 12pm EST! Www.youtube.com/c/learningtradesecrets 
#LearningTradeSecrets #Archetier #violin #Violinist #musicalinstrument #musicalinstrumentmaking #BowMaker #BowMaking #HowItsMade #Coronageddon #HandMade #StayingBusy #coronavirusLast day before we take a break. @rodneydmohr will be round the stick and shaping the head of his #Covid-19 #Violinbow Join us on our #youtube channel to watch our #Livestream www.youtube.com/c/learningtradesecrets 
#Archetier #LearningTradeSecrets #learningthetrade #BowMaker #BowMaking #Violin #Luthier #HowItsMade #Woodworking #unpluggedwoodworking #unplugged #musicalinstrument #instrumentmakingWe have a new mic and that obnoxious hum is GONE! #Tunein and #checkout the sound from our #YetiNano @rodneydmohr will be fitting the frog to the #Violinbow and getting it ready for its final graduations. Hope to see you there! Www.youtube.com/c/learningtradesecrets 
#Archetier #Livestream #Violin #Coronageddon #StayingBusy #HandMade #LearningTradeSecrets #learningthetrade #woodworking #BowMaker #BowMaking #LuthierWe battled with the cords and moved the #jewelers bench out of the #machineroom  so we could #livestream day 4. We're building a #violin button! Come join us as @rodneydmohr continues with his #Covid-19 #ViolinBow at 12pm EST at www.youtube.com/c/learningtradesecrets 
#LearningTradeSecrets #Archetier #Livestream #StayingBusy #HandMade #Coronageddon #HowItsMade #BowMaker #BowMaking #Violinist #musicalinstrumentDay 2 of the #Covid-19 #ViolinBow  #Livestream starts at 12pm EST come join the party at www.youtube.com/c/LearningTradeSecrets

#LearningTradeSecrets #sharingtheTrade #Archetier #youtube #SomethingToWatch #StayingBusy #BowMaking #Violin #ViolinistWe decided to move the workshop home with the crackdown on the #StayAtHome order. We go live on #youtube at 12pm EST. Check out our profile for a like to our channel. 
#coronavirus #learingtradesecrets #Livestream #Archetier #BowMakerIt's so sad to see the #workshop empty when we should be having classes. We hope you are all doing your part to help combat #coronavirus. Hoping that monday we will be set up for a #Livestream of @rodneydmohr he will be making a bow from beginning to end next week.  Visit our facebook page for a link for our new youtube channel.

#LearningTradeSecrets #StayingBusy #WishYouWereHere #SocialDistancing #sharingtheTrade #EmptyWorkshop #Archetier #LuthierFirst day of our #BowRehairWorkshop @rodneydmohr starts by teaching the students how to fold and cut their @bountypapertowels full sheet, no flowers... Then onto how to disassemble a bow properly without causing damage and all the other problems you will encounter taking a bow apart. Looking forward to this week with our new students! .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #BowRehair #ViolinBow #ViolaBow #CelloBow  #BassBow #LearningANewSkill #Woodworking #ArchetierInTraining #BowMaintenanceDiscussing and planning out our Rental Fleet Technician Certificate program! Excited to be here with @chrisulbricht and @thelaurabarcelo of @indyviolins to get everything sorted out. More information to come keep an eye on our website. .
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#LearningTradeSecrets #LearningTheTrade #planning #ProgramCreation #MakingTheWorldABetterPlace #SettingIndustryStandards #ViolinMaker #ViolinMaker #RentalViolinsHere at #LearningTradeSecrets we also teach #Magic not every #bowmaker (especially new makers) has access to naturally dark wood and light colored bows can be difficult to sell depending on the market and location of the maker. #Pernambuco is a very scarce and expensive resource and makers need to use it wisely. This is a very controversial subject among makers but rejecting a stick based on color is not economical or respectful of our resource. Here @rodneydmohr is demonstrating one of their options to darken light colored wood. .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningSecrets #AddingColor #Pernambuco #WhatsOnYourBench #Whatif #Bowmaking #Respect #RespectOurResources #PernambucoConservation #archetierOnto the second day of the #BowMaking 201 workshop here at #LearningTradeSecrets @rodneydmohr is demonstrating a VERY #oldfashioned way of #Soldering  a #Silver ferrule. We're very #Unplugged here so when the students leave they can reproduce what they've learned without having to go out and buy expensive machinery... Although that won't stop them from buying it anyway. #ButIWantIt
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#LearningTheTrade #Improvements #GettingBetter #SkillBoost #Archetier #FutureBowMakers #FutureMasters #Bowmaker #TheMohrYouKnow  #SilverSolder

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