Posted on January 13, 2010April 13, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: Violin Making — Live! Watch Me Make a Cello, Step-by-Step by Henry Strobel Review: Violin Making — Live! Watch Me Make a Cello, Step-by-Step by Henry Strobel Reviewed by John Calkin Originally published in American Lutherie #58, 1999 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Five, 2008 Video: Violin Making — Live! Video: Watch Me Make a Cello, Step-by-Step Henry Strobel, 1997 ISBN 0962067385 Henry Strobel has written a fleet of books about making violins, violas, and cellos, all of which build one upon the other. To use the cello book you should have first read the violin book, and so on. This video set uses the same idea, i.e., to use it to best advantage you must have the cello book, which needs the violin book for complete understanding, and so on, all in the house that Jack built. But if you buy the video set, Strobel will sell you the cello book for $10 instead of $30, which might remove some of the sting. And if you haven’t got a cello guru to run to as you tear into your first instrument, Strobel on tape may be the next best thing. The videos are not intensely detailed or perfectly complete. Almost no operation is carried through to completion on tape. But Strobel has the capacity to make cello creation seem wonderfully doable. The first three hours of tape whiz by with so little effort that even a casual viewer might decide to buy a whacking big gouge and a fistful of teeny planes. Carving the plates often seems like the scariest part of cello making, but Strobel makes it look like fun. 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.