This violin maker used lockdown to make the perfect miniature violins

15 June 2020, 12:29 | Updated: 15 June 2020, 17:26

This luthier has been making tiny violins during lockdown
This luthier has been making tiny violins during lockdown. Picture: Maria Sandner / @maria_sandner_geigenbauerin

By Sian Hamer

Because what else would a luthier in lockdown do?

While some people have taken up baking in the last few months, or mastered at-home DIY, one luthier decided to continue her usual day job – but with a twist.

Master violin maker Maria Sandner has been crafting her usual, beautiful violins during lockdown, except they’re missing quite a few inches.

Ranging in sizes from 10 to 16cm, Sandner has been crafting delicate string miniatures that sit perfectly in the palm of a hand.

She crafts the minuscule instruments from scratch: cutting, glueing and varnishing them into life.

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Maria has been busy making the mini instruments from scratch during lockdown
Maria has been busy making the mini instruments from scratch during lockdown. Picture: Maria Sandner / @maria_sandner_geigenbauerin
One of the miniature instruments Sandner has created during lockdown
One of the miniature instruments Sandner has created during lockdown. Picture: Maria Sandner / @maria_sandner_geigenbauerin
The tiny violins range from 10cm to 16cm in size
The tiny violins range from 10cm to 16cm in size. Picture: Maria Sandner / @maria_sandner_geigenbauerin

The intricate process of crafting these beautiful miniatures has been captured on Sandner’s Instagram page.

For the luthier, creating the tiny fiddles is a venture she describes as a “long-awaited dream”.

“Miniature violins have always fascinated me”, Sandner told Classic FM. “My father, also a violin maker, carved a small violin scroll for my mother 60 years ago, which I have always admired.”

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Sandner has been repairing and restoring string instruments for decades, following in the footsteps of her father who ran a prestigious violin making workshop in Lübeck, Germany.

Now all we need is a mini piano and some percussion and brass, and we’ve got a tiny orchestra...