Taipei-A handmade violin workshop at a university in Pingtung County that was unveiled publicly on Friday hopes to emerge as ground zero for the production of Taiwan-made violins with local wood, according to its founder.
Lung Wei, an assistant professor in wood science and design at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, said few people make violins with Taiwanese wood, but he believes the wood from local cypress and cedar trees is good enough to make violins to international quality standards.
At the "College Violin" workshop, Lung said, students are taught the full range of skills needed to produce a violin, from selecting the proper wood materials to making and assembling parts and components, and painting the instrument.
Beyond training his students to make violins with local wood, Lung also teaches them to create products based on the needs of individual customers, and he also asks students to learn to play the violin, repair violins made by others, and tune the instrument, Lung said.
The "College Violin" workshop was set up by Lung in March with a group of students studying wood at the school, but it was not officially launched until Friday.