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perfections without using a caliper. So was it the music or the
woodworking that was the bigger draw for Lisus? “The music,” he notes without hesitation.
When Lisus was 5, his godfa- ther — who lived next door to his
Ojai’s weather plays an important role in the curing of the stains and sealers. Instruments are allowed to “bake” in the sun to dry properly.
family — sparked his interest in music. In high school, his godfather gave him a book about the violin making process and he was hooked.
From 1976 to 1979, he studied violin making at a school in Eng- land — a school he said he was lucky to get in to. He also admits, with a smile, to having flunked out
Scraping the wood by hand allows students to shape their instruments to the exact measurements needed to insure quality sound.
of woodworking school at one point in his life.
While more known as a cello maker, a visit in 1984 from a guitar maker who wanted to learn to make
a violin, got Lisus started in the teaching business.
After what he calls winning the green card lottery, he moved to the United States and settled in Santa
Brian Lisus examines the coloring on Robin Villa’s violin.
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Photo by Tim Dewar
Photo by Tim Dewar
Photo by Tim Dewar

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