Learn to retouch this yourself!
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Learn to retouch this yourself
Learn to retouch this yourself
Learn to retouch this yourself
Learn to retouch this yourself
Learn to retouch this yourself
Learn to retouch this yourself

P♦W Retouch Seminars

July 18, 19, 20 (Tuesday-Thursday)
July 23, 24, 25 (Sunday-Tuesday)

You are invited to attend a violin varnish retouch seminar in Boston Massachusets.

This year, Perot-Wiessmeyer will be offering 2 intensive violin retouch seminars in Boston’s Back Bay/Fenway district. Many past participants have contacted us with words of praise for the quality and quantity of information provided and for the open and direct manner in which it was presented and demonstrated. No doubt, several past participants will attend again this year.

Our goal is, in three days, to impart a good understanding of basic retouch principles and techniques as well as the confidence and ability to retouch on your own once back home.

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per class.
Enrollment Deadline: June 16, 2017

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 including demonstrations;
  • Two instructors for lots of one on one coaching. This is a “hands on” seminar;
  • A “Retouch Only” seminar… no woodworking;
  • Class dinner in Boston.

To enroll: Please print out the enrollment form and mail it with payment to Paul Wiessmeyer. If you need additional information, please call or email:

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 has owned and operated his Boston studio together with bow maker Thomas Dignan since 1990.

Before opening Wiessmeyer Violins LLC, Paul trained at the violin making school in Mittenwald Germany. Upon graduation, in 1981, Paul worked for several violin shops in Europe and the US, most notably for Vladimir Pilar in Czechoslovakia and Hans Weisshaar in Hollywood, CA.

During this period he honed his skills in repair, restoration, and sound adjustment, while continuing to make new instruments. 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).

Throughout his career, Paul has placed a strong emphasis on delivering quality craftsmanship and services tailored to the needs of his clients at affordable prices. In recent years, he has begun sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. In the summer, he teaches repair and set-up at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute of the University of New Hampshire and can now also be found instructing short seminars in the art of retouch across the US and Canada.

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 cost: $940.00 USD check or money order payable to: "Paul Wiessmeyer, LLC"
$960.00 if you opt to pay by MasterCard or Visa

Except for one class dinner, food and lodging are not included in the tuition. It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange for their own accommodations.

Enrollment deadline: June 16, 2017

Enrollment is on a first come basis (limit 10 people per class). You are considered enrolled upon receipt of payment. You will receive a confirmation notification via email. Your payment will be processed on or after June 16, 2017

Cancellation Policy

  • If you enroll and decide to cancel before June 16, 2017, you will receive a full refund;
  • If you cancel after June 16, 2017 but before July 11, 2016 you will receive a $450.00 refund only;
  • if you cancel after July 11 …. no refund;
  • all cancellations must be submitted via email;
  • If we cancel the seminar for any reason, you will receive a full refund of your tuition only. We are not responsible for your incidental costs such as travel, food and lodging etc.

To enroll: Please print the enrollment form and mail with payment to:
Paul Wiessmeyer, LLC
295 Huntington Ave. Suite 200
Boston, MA 02115

If you are interested in participating in the retouch seminar, but cannot commit to the dates or location offered, please let us know, what would work for you. This will help us in planning for future seminar offerings. Thank you!

Dates: July 18, 19, 20 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
July 23, 24, 25 (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday)
Enrollment limited to 10 people per class
3 day Class Schedule: 1st day 8:45 -12:00 lunch 1:00-4:45
2nd day 8:30-12:00 lunch 1:00-4:45
3rd day 8:30 –12:00 lunch 1:00-4:15


295 Huntington Ave.
Room # to be announced
Boston, MA 02115

Located in the Back Bay/Fenway district, 295 Huntington Ave. lies in the heart of Boston’s Music and cultural district. Huntington Avenue is also referred to as “Avenue of the Arts”. Across the street, you find the New England Conservatory and Jordan Hall, a two minute walk brings you to Symphony Hall, a 5 minute walk to the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Conservatory. Also within easy walking distance are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum. Harvard University and MIT, both located in Cambridge, are approximately 1 and 2 miles away on Mass. Ave. 295 Huntington is easily accessible by public transportation: on the Green line exit at the Symphony/Northeastern stop or on the Orange line exit at the Massachusetts Avenue stop. There are several parking garages, ranging in price from $15-$25 per day. If you are interested in free parking, try your luck on Tremont Street just south of Massachusetts Ave.

Bring your family or significant other,
Boston has lots to offer!

downtown view

Although Boston is famous as a student town, most students leave for the summer break which dramatically reduces congestion in the city. For visitors, there are an abundance of attractions including historical sites, monuments, museums, theaters, Boston harbor, parks and much more to explore. There is no shortage of hotels, B&Bs ect., … but maybe you have a friend to stay with.

Travel and lodging information can be found at Boston.gov or any number of popular travel sites such as Tripadvisor.