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Learn to retouch this yourself

P♦W Retouch Seminars

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Previous seminars held throughout the eastern US and Canada have been well received and successful by any measure. All participants left with a good understanding of fundamental retouch principles and techniques and the confidence to retouch on their own once back home.

The course are instructed by Paul Wiessmeyer and French retouch master Olivier Perot. Instruction is in English but for our international clientele, translations into French and German are possible.

Highlights of the seminar include:

  • A practical course developed to pass on a time proven methodical approach to retouching that yields good results in a time efficient manner;
  • All retouch materials including pigments, brushes, varnishes, retouch objects etc. supplied;
  • Each student has a well equipped work station with good lighting;
  • Detailed technical and theory instruction;
  • Numerous demonstrations and lots of one on one coaching. This is a “hands on” seminar;
  • This is “an all retouch only” seminar… no woodworking.

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Course Outline

A methodical approach to violin retouching has been developed and divided into six sections. It is designed to be progressive in technical complexity and difficulty. Retouching is learned through a combination of practical theory, demonstrations, and one-on-one coaching. Not all six steps will be covered in one seminar. Your progression in the course will depend on your own personal skill development and the general skill level of the group. To ensure the best possible experience, I am attempting to assemble a group of class participants with approximately the same skill level.

Section 1

Selection of materials, brushes, pigments, varnishes etc; color theory.

Section 2

Touch up of nicks and scratches, worn areas, necks and ribs.

Section 3

Retouch and camouflage of new cracks in spruce.

Retouch of added new wood.

Section 4

Retouch and camouflage of old cracks in spruce top.

Section 5

Finishing and polishing; texture and surface reflection. (No photos yet available)

Section 6

Retouch and camouflage on maple.

Paul Wiessmeyer

Paul Wiessmeyer (born 1957) owns a violin shop in Boston since 1991. He is a graduate of the Mittenwald School of Violin Making in Germany (class of 1981). He refined his training in workshops in Germany (Josef Kantuscher), the Czech Republic (Vladimir Pilar), and the USA ( Hans Weisshaar, Robert Cauer, and Arlie Moran Los Angeles).

Paul’s instruments have received international recognition in competitions, most notably a gold medal at the H. Wienawski Violin Competition in Poland (1981), and gold medals for violin, viola, and cello at the VSA International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City (1982/ hors concours). He now specializes in sound adjustments, the restoration, repair, service, and sale of fine instruments.

Paul’s article “A Method for the Reduction or Elimination of a Violin Wolf Tone” was published in 2011 in The Conservation, Restoration, And Repair of Stringed Instruments and Their Bows edited by Tom Wilder.

Paul has repeatedly been invited to lecture and teach at the North Bennet Street School’s violin making and repair program in Boston. Since 2009, he teaches set-up and repair at the Summer Violin Craftsmanship Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

In addition, Paul has developed a number of tools and accessories for the trade. Most recently, the innovative design for his leather mute for violin, viola and cello was awarded a patent in 2011 and has garnered the appreciation of many a professional musician.

Paul is a proud member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and of the Violin Society of America.

Olivier Pérot

Born in 1968 in a small village near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Olivier Pérot went on to study violin making at the school in Mirecourt, graduating in 1987. Upon completion of his military duty with the French Army, Monsieur Pérot secured a highly sought after position in the shop of the well known French master-luthier, Jean Schmitt, in Lyon. Under the tutelage of Jean Schmitt and Claude Macabrey, O. Pérot developed and honed his talent in restoration and retouching. His sophisticated skills were recognized in 1994 when he was appointed chef d’atelier at Wilder & Davis Luthier in Montreal and again in 2002 when he was granted membership to the International Society of Violin and Bow-makers.

Since 1997, Maitre Pérot has operated his own violin shop in Montreal, Olivier Pérot Luthier, successfully catering to the needs of a local and international clientele of string players. Maitre Pérot has continued the French tradition of apprentissage by training numerous aspiring luthiers in his shop. When M. Pérot is not at the bench, you might spot him touring on his bicycle or enjoying his favourite activity - mountain climbing.

Additional Information

What you need to bring:

  • Optivisor (# 3 or 5) (optional)
  • 1 roll of white paper towels
  • A white towel or cloth for your bench
  • Sand paper (400 and 600 grit, Wet-Dry)
  • Fine micro mesh
  • Heavy cotton polish cloth or chamois
  • Seat cushions (optional)
  • Hair dryer
  • Extension cord
  • One or two violins or violin parts for retouching (optional)

NO audio or video recording and NO cell phone use during seminar meetings!

Here're some pictures from previous retouch seminars:

Photographs courtesy of Richard Mulcahy of Plymouth MA

Enrollment & Tuition

Tuition: CDN or USD check or money order payable to: "Paul Wiessmeyer, LLC"
You can also pay by MasterCard of Visa

Food and lodging are not included in the tuition. It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange for their own accommodations.

Enrollment is on a first come basis. You are considered enrolled upon receipt of payment. You will receive a confirmation notification via email.

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