The Story of a violin

Canada, 1947

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This film shows how a violin is made in story form. When Bill’s violin gets broken in a tussle, it is the beginning of a fascinating experience for him and his friends. They discover how a violin-maker cuts and fits, sandpapers and polishes, until, three months after he began the work, a new, glossy violin is ready for Bill to apply his bow and draw out a tune. Covers the types of wood used and their origins, the tools required and list the main sections and components of a violin. Includes a violin assemblage sequence animated by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. Photography by Harold Berk. Editing and sound by Eugene Kash.


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Jacques Bobet



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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Carpentry

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Tools

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Woodwork

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children 6-12

Crafts & Visual Arts → Carpentry

Crafts & Visual Arts → Handicraft

Crafts & Visual Arts → Tools

Crafts & Visual Arts → Woodwork

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Carpentry

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Carpentry

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Tools

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Woodwork

Music & Performing Arts → Musical instruments

Music & Performing Arts → Musical instruments - Construction

Music & Performing Arts → Stringed instruments

Music & Performing Arts → Violin

Music & Performing Arts → Violin - Construction

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada




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