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!

Bow rehair and maintenance
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Bow Workshop Alumni
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Fundamentals of Oil Varnish with Joe Robson
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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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A spacious 2,700 square feet just minutes from downton Ashland, houses the new Learning Trade Secrets workshops.  South light from storefront…

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
Discussing 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  #SilverSolderEveryone's working hard cleaning, prepping, filling, and retouching. So much to learn to put into practice. A delicate touch and a good eye are necessary. Can't wait for all the before and after pictures! .
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#LearningTradeSecrets #LearningTheTrade #TradeWork #SkilledTrades #Luthier #Luthiery #ViolinVarnish #ViolinRestoration #Violin #Viola @stylesviolinsFirst day of Stacey Styles' @stylesviolins varnish retouch workshop. Evaluating projects ranging from #typical and #easy to #transformative and #problematic there is a process and lots of things to keep in mind in order to have a successful outcome. .
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#VarnishRetouch #RetouchingVarnish #StaceyStyles #ViolinRestoration #Violin #Viola #Cello #Bass #ContraBass #RestorationWhat are they doing?! This week at #LearningTradeSecrets #TomCroen is teaching #AdvancedViolinSetUp He is helping the students fine-tune their #Violin set-up and how to carve the bridge to get the optimal sound from their Violins. @roziedeloach will discuss her experience at the workshop in a future episode of @omopodcast .
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#LearningTheTrade #ViolinMaker #ViolinMaking #ViolinSetUp #ViolinSound #Luthier #Luthiery #Violinist #ScienceandArtWow that was fast! Sticks roughed, camber in, tips on, frogs fit, mortise done, hole for the screw and even the nipple is done! It's all down hill from here!!! .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #Bowmaking #BowMakers #Bowmaker #Archetier #BowMakerInTraining #NextGenerationOfBowMaking #ViolinBow #TomithyTheCanadian #violinmakerturnedbowmaker #Bowmaking101Day 2 of #BowMaking101 with @rodneydmohr demonstrating preparing the head for a tip. Everyone is moving right along! .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #Bowmaking #Bowmaker #BowMakers #Archetier #BowMakerInTraining #NextGenerationOfBowMaking #Pernambuco #Massaranduba #Katalox #AlternativeMaterialsGot to love that sound of a sharp blade! First day of @rodneydmohr #BowMaking101 #Workshop getting the stick roughed out takes a lot of #Elbowgrease .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #HardWork #Handtools #Sharptools #hardatwork #BowMakers #Bowmaking #BowMakingWorkshop #Bowmaker #Archetier #BowMakerInTrainingLast day of Frog Making! Look at everything the students have accomplished this week! Can't wait to see what they do in the future! .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #LearningTradeSecretsAlumni #BowMaker #BowMaking #Archetier #BowMakerInTraining #BowMakers #frogandbuttonmaking #Ebony #ViolinBow #ViolinFrogYesterday we finished the underslide and #DavidForbes demonstrated how to make a button. .
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#LearningTheTrade #LearningTradeSecrets #AlmostFinished #Alldownhillfromhere #BowMaker #BowMaking #Archetier #ViolinbowSlide track, mortise, hair track, heel plate, underslide... We're covering it all today! Look at those beautiful curls of ebony! #DavidForbes
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#LearningTradeSecrets #LearningTheTrade #Sharptools #Handtools #Ebony #Violinbow #BowMaker #BowMaking #Archetier

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