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"">>==Welcome!==

The purpose of this guide is to give basic information about violin making. The aspiring violin maker will have the opportunity to build an instrument from start to finish with the help of step by step tutorials accompanied by drawn images.

To make the best of the electronic format, all the images are in vector graphic format SVG, drawn to exact real world dimensions. At every step of you building experience you can print out the plans and drawings and use them in direct comparison with what you have at hand. The SVG graphic format is supported by most modern browsers and editable by the free Inkscape.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the authors of the exquisite publication named The art of violin making, which served as an unending source of information without which this site would have never been possible. Thank you very much.

To you all, enjoy your stay and keep your eyes open during the day.

Vojtěch Blahout

PS: You can now download the whole site as a PDF, see the link "PDF" on the front page.


==Frequently asked questions==

**Q> I have a question/I don't understand what you mean by XY. Where do I get an answer?**
**A>** If your question or a comment is about a section of the manual, please feel free to post a comment on the appropriate page. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

**Q> I want to edit or add to the content on the website, where is the registration?**
**A>** Due to massive spam attacks, I was forced to close down this option. Please send me an email and I'll set up an account for you. Commenting, at the bottom of every page, is available without registration, at least for now.

**Q> I want to use the images on this site in my own project, presentation...**
**A>** By all means, use whatever you need, but please consider linking back here or using any other suitable way to acknowledge the source. You can edit the images in Inkscape.

**Q> I see no images on the right side of the text.**
**A>** If you are having problems viewing the images, click [[http://caniuse.com/svg|http://caniuse.com/svg]] to see whether your browser is supported. With some browsers, ie. Internet Explorer 6-8 there is the option to install the Adobe SVG plugin [[http://www.adobe.com/devnet/svg/adobe-svg-viewer-download-area.html|http://www.adobe.com/devnet/svg/adobe-svg-viewer-download-area.html]] to correctly render the images.

**Q> I use Internet Explorer and some of the images have wrong aspect ratio.
**A> Please, if you can, use Chrome or Firefox to view the site. I haven't found a reliable method to display the SVG images across all browsers. The SVG rendering will hopefully get in line with other browsers in the next release of the browser. Clicking on the image will display the correct full size version even in Internet Explorer.

**Q> I'm not sure my printer is precise enough to print the plans.**
**A>** Please click on this [[http://www.makingtheviolin.com/Building/Foreword/test_file.svg|Test file]] and print it out on your printer. Check that the ruler matches yours. If it doesn't you need to find a way to scale the output, usually in the printer's settings, so that the printout passes the comparison test.