Crack Repair

An overview of how to deal with fresh and old cracks on fronts

Zoom Lecture on Crack Repair

This Zoom lecture on crack repair was organised by the Rowan Armour Brown Memorial Trust for a group of violinmaking students in the UK, recorded on the 19th of March 2021. The Trust has been supporting student violinmakers, restorers and bow makers since 1999. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of this Zoom lecture will be donated to the Trust. Please visit for more information.

Minimal Invasion and Reversibility

Preservation of the original wood and varnish as well as reversibility of everthing we do to the instruments is of the utmost importance in violin restoration


Filling of Cracks

This Zoom lecture covers the different options of how to fill cracks when there is wood missing


From A to B

  1. Does the crack need to be opened up?
  2. Cleaning and gluing the crack
  3. Does the crack have a gap? How do I fill it?
  4. Covering the crack area with filler varnish
  5. Scraping the filler varnish and creating texture

(6. Retouching and patina)

Making the right decision with each step

Apart from step 6 which is covered in the Zoom Retouching lecture, all 5 steps are explored and discussed in this lecture.

This Zoom lecture totals 1 hour and 50 minutes

Apart from the edited video of the Zoom lecture, you will also gain unlimited access to the PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format comprising of 38 slides.

The video and the PDF file are not downloadable.





"Are you a repairer/restorer or an inquisitive player? You could not be in better hands. Iris knows what she is doing and what is incredible is that she is willing to share it with you!

"For the first time ever we, the RAB Trust have instigated international zoom lectures for students. Iris is not only offering all her knowledge on this subject but is splitting the proceeds with the Trust. When you buy this 'Crack Repair' package, nearly 2 hours of informative professional application, you not only support your own learning, but you'll be contributing to the future of violin making. Do not underestimate what is being offered. By purchasing this Zoom lecture, you are supporting the next generation whilst vastly improving your own skill set and knowledge!"

Judith Blackwell
RAB Trust Founder

"Iris takes us through the whole procedure of how to deal with cracks, with the maximum respect for the instrument and minimum invasion. Her clear and methodical presentation is delivered with the confidence that comes only when the speaker knows the subject inside out."

Helen Michetschläger
Chair, RAB Trust

Zoom Lecture on Crack Repair

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