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Identification and Restoration of historical instruments


BELE.Basque School of Violin Making. CPM – Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga- MKP.

Plaza Ibarrekolanda 1, 48015 Bilbao. Spain.

Lecturer: Paul Gosling

I have clocked up many years experience in working with wood. Starting at the age of 16, I studied towards gaining a City and Guilds in cabinet making whilst also learning traditional wood carving at the same time.

At the age of 21, I studied at the violin School in Newark gaining a diploma with distinction graduating in 1986.

My first job after this was in Denmark with Christian Hartman Larson where I worked for approximately 6 months. After returning to the UK I worked for various London shops including Edward Withers, Morris and Smith, Frederick Phelps and son at the same time as running my own business working on high class instruments for private customers.

In 1995 I started teaching restoration at the Newark school of violin making, ehere I remained for over 17 years. Since then, I have been teaching a small private class of students one day a week in my workshop which I enjoy very much.

I continue to undertake restoration work for private customers along side restoring some of my own private collection of instruments.

I was also involved in a team project building a small size viola in two and a half days at the Paris conservatoire for Viola Rush 2019. This was a fantastic experience one which I hope to repeat in the future.

Date:  from 11th to 13th of November 2022. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Duration: 21 hours

Timetable: Friday and Saturday 9:00-13:00/ 14:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00.

Languaje: English

Materials needed:


How to work a plaster cast

Arch correction. Regaining the original arching shape

Through patch. Partial filling of an f-hole to regain its original shape

Retouch: Using of orange madder in varnish retouch.

Instrument identification. Hints towards the understanding of the origin and authorship of an instrument.

Registration requirements:
Short CV with the contact info from the applicant (name, email address…)
Please send the above to this address: lutheria@conservatoriobilbao.com
Selection of applicants will be based on the above required information.

Number of places: 15

Course fee: 400€

For inquiries, our contact address is: lutheria@conservatoriobilbao.com