Posted on January 4, 2010April 12, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: The Strad Facsimile — An Illustrated Guide to Violin Making by Edwin John Ward Review: The Strad Facsimile — An Illustrated Guide to Violin Making by Edwin John Ward Reviewed by Frederick Battershell Originally published in American Lutherie #2, 1985 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2001 The Strad Facsimile — An Illustrated Guide to Violin Making Edwin John Ward S.E. Ward, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 1984 Out of print (1999) Reviewing any book can be a formidable task. Reviewing a book about violin construction can be downright hazardous! Consider for a moment the possible dangers: irreversible brain damage from attempting to understand the logic of the author; hearing loss from attempts by the reviewer at duplicating the electronic plate-tuning tricks so beloved of some contemporary makers; and last, but certainly not least, near blindness from trying to read the incredibly small type of some of these books. Fortunately, the work of a book reviewer isn’t always this bad. Every now and then, a book is written that appears to be a serious attempt at communicating basic knowledge about a subject to its reader. The Strad Facsimile — An Illustrated Guide To Violin Making by Edwin John Ward is just such a book. The Strad Facsimile is a straightforward, but somewhat concise attempt at describing exactly how Edwin John Ward goes about constructing a Strad pattern violin. This book does have some limitations. It assumes the reader has a good grasp of basic hand-woodworking skills. It does not provide the reader with any information on comparative methods of violin making. The reader is left to do his/her own research into the alternative schools of violin-making technique. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.