Posted on January 4, 2010April 12, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: Violin-Making as It Was, and Is by Ed. Heron-Allen Review: Violin Making as It Was, and Is by Ed. Heron-Allen Reviewed by Kirk A. Janowiak Originally published in American Lutherie #4, 1985 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000 Violin Making as It was, and Is Ed. Heron-Allen Ward Lock Limited Publishers, 1884 Distributed by Sterling Publishing Co., New York, 1984 Out of print (1999) Some years ago, I discovered this title in a catalog for luthiers. I noted that it was first published in 1884, and promptly filed the title away in the back of my mind as one of those “quaint, historical classics” that I might acquire later, after I had purchased all of the more practical books on the craft. Now, having finally acquired the book, I am pleased to say that I was greatly mistaken about the practical value of this book. While it is a “quaint, historical classic,” it is also a comprehensive and valuable treatise on the history, design, and construction of the traditional violin. Heron-Allen submitted this book to fill the void he saw in his time (mid- to late 1800s) regarding the history and construction of the traditional violin. He had originally published much of the material in serial form in the periodical Amateur Work Illustrated (1882–1884). With this work, he corrected, embellished, and further refined his material. He also added a section of history and lore. 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.