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VIOLIN MAKER/RESTORER, IN-DEPTH: A Wonderful, Stress-Free Career

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Sarah, a Violin Maker and Restorer, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, her "aha!" moment, and work-life balance. At some point she realized that she was much better at working with her hands than with studying.

Job Title: Violin Maker/Restorer

Job Summary: Woodworkers and Furniture Finishers

Job Description

Woodworkers build a variety of products, such as cabinets and furniture, using wood. Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged and worn furniture. They often work with antiques and must judge how to best preserve and repair them. They also do the staining and sealing at the end of the process of making wooden products.

Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

On-the-Job Training

1-3 years of training is required for woodworking. Less for furniture finishing.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
2 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Physically demanding, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Hand-eye coordination, Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Woodworking
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m='7820'>hear</span> <span m='8010'>what</span> <span m='8119'>it</span> <span m='8210'>sounds</span> <span m='8550'>like.</span> <span m='8850'>That's</span> <span m='9550'>pretty</span> <span m='9720'>cool.</span> </p><p><span m='10530'>The</span> <span m='10640'>second</span> <span m='11150'>is</span> <span m='11450'>working</span> <span m='11790'>with</span> <span m='11950'>professional</span> <span m='12370'>musicians.</span> <span m='13060'>And</span> <span m='13180'>when</span> <span m='13290'>they</span> <span m='13390'>come</span> <span m='13600'>into</span> <span m='13770'>the</span> <span m='13840'>shop,</span> <span m='14260'>and</span> <span m='14390'>they've</span> <span m='14520'>got</span> <span m='14680'>all</span> <span m='14860'>these</span> <span m='15060'>problems.</span> <span m='16490'>They've</span> <span m='16710'>got</span> <span m='16830'>a</span> <span m='16870'>big</span> <span m='17260'>audition</span> <span m='17630'>that</span> <span m='17770'>they</span> <span m='17850'>need</span> <span m='18070'>to</span> <span m='18140'>do</span> <span m='18680'>or</span> <span m='18820'>a big</span> <span m='19010'>concert.</span> <span m='19550'>And</span> <span m='19630'>they</span> <span m='19720'>rely</span> <span m='20140'>on</span> <span m='20310'>you</span> <span m='20420'>to</span> <span m='20490'>help</span> <span m='20750'>them,</span> <span m='21180'>to</span> <span m='21280'>help</span> <span m='21530'>them</span> <span m='22380'>play</span> <span m='22590'>their</span> <span m='22680'>best</span> <span m='22955'>and</span> <span m='23230'>for</span> <span m='23310'>their</span> <span m='23430'>instruments</span> <span m='23700'>to</span> <span m='23970'>sound</span> <span m='24160'>the</span> <span m='24230'>best.</span> <span m='24580'>And</span> <span m='24680'>when</span> <span m='24830'>they</span> <span m='25000'>leave</span> <span m='25310'>that</span> <span m='25530'>shop</span> <span m='26190'>completely</span> <span m='26700'>happy,</span> <span m='27630'>that's</span> <span m='27800'>the</span> <span m='27890'>best</span> <span m='28230'>feeling.</span> </p><p><span m='29480'>The</span> <span m='29570'>worst</span> <span m='29870'>part</span> <span m='30180'>about</span> <span m='30430'>instrument</span> <span m='30790'>making</span> <span m='31250'>is</span> <span m='31460'>the</span> <span m='31550'>math.</span> <span m='32650'>I</span> <span m='32700'>was</span> <span m='32840'>never</span> <span m='33180'>good</span> <span m='33340'>at</span> <span m='33460'>math.</span> <span m='34000'>And</span> <span m='34760'>with</span> <span m='35050'>repair</span> <span m='35400'>and</span> <span m='35500'>restoration,</span> <span m='36760'>you</span> <span m='36860'>have</span> <span m='37080'>to</span> <span m='37170'>do</span> <span m='37290'>a</span> <span m='37330'>lot</span> <span m='37530'>of</span> <span m='37590'>problem</span> <span m='37930'>solving.</span> <span m='38440'>And</span> <span m='38620'>sometimes</span> <span m='39380'>you're</span> <span m='39510'>working</span> <span m='39790'>with</span> <span m='39900'>something</span> <span m='40220'>that's</span> <span m='40400'>already</span> <span m='40760'>old.</span> <span m='41530'>It's</span> <span m='41710'>wood.</span> <span m='42970'>It</span> <span m='43050'>will</span> <span m='43170'>break</span> <span m='43530'>more</span> <span m='44110'>if</span> <span m='44210'>you</span> <span m='44300'>don't</span> <span m='44480'>treat</span> <span m='44690'>it</span> <span m='44930'>properly.</span> <span m='45510'>And</span> <span m='45520'>sometimes</span> <span m='45900'>it</span> <span m='45950'>gets</span> <span m='46280'>really</span> <span m='46880'>frustrating.</span> <span m='48180'>But</span> <span m='48330'>I'd</span> <span m='48450'>have</span> <span m='48620'>to</span> <span m='48740'>say</span> <span m='49000'>the</span> <span m='49120'>problem</span> <span m='49590'>solving</span> <span m='50290'>and</span> <span m='50330'>the</span> <span m='50410'>math</span> <span m='50820'>aspect</span> <span m='51420'>of</span> <span m='52620'>violin</span> <span m='52980'>making</span> <span m='53310'>is</span> <span m='53490'>really</span> <span m='53780'>hard</span> <span m='54070'>for</span> <span m='54220'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='55800'>I</span> <span m='55850'>think</span> <span m='56070'>the</span> <span m='56170'>key</span> <span m='56400'>realization</span> <span m='57090'>that</span> <span m='57320'>I</span> <span m='57360'>was</span> <span m='57530'>on</span> <span m='57650'>the</span> <span m='57730'>right</span> <span m='57980'>path</span> <span m='58460'>was</span> <span m='60630'>a,</span> <span m='60940'>I</span> <span m='61250'>was</span> <span m='61500'>far</span> <span m='61790'>better</span> <span m='62220'>with</span> <span m='62400'>my</span> <span m='62540'>hands</span> <span m='62920'>than</span> <span m='63040'>I</span> <span m='63120'>ever</span> <span m='63420'>was</span> <span m='63980'>with</span> <span m='64140'>an</span> <span m='64260'>academic</span> <span m='64790'>book.</span> <span m='65620'>And</span> <span m='67616'>just</span> <span m='68080'>all</span> <span m='68270'>of</span> <span m='68340'>a</span> <span m='68380'>sudden,</span> <span m='68670'>I</span> <span m='68750'>decided</span> <span m='69310'>that</span> <span m='69480'>you know what?</span> <span m='69950'>This</span> <span m='72230'>path</span> <span m='72590'>I</span> <span m='72670'>was</span> <span m='72840'>taking</span> <span m='73180'>was</span> <span m='73380'>just--</span> <span m='73650'>everything</span> <span m='74100'>I</span> <span m='74190'>did</span> <span m='74490'>was</span> <span m='74680'>falling</span> <span m='75030'>into</span> <span m='75220'>place.</span> <span m='76185'>And</span> <span m='78550'>every</span> <span m='79350'>path</span> <span m='79690'>I</span> <span m='79800'>went</span> <span m='80020'>down</span> <span m='80250'>to</span> <span m='80330'>try</span> <span m='80470'>to</span> <span m='80660'>become</span> <span m='81090'>a</span> <span m='81120'>violin</span> <span m='81530'>maker,</span> <span m='81850'>it</span> <span m='81940'>happened.</span> </p><p><span m='82910'>And</span> <span m='83280'>it</span> <span m='83440'>just</span> <span m='83730'>was</span> <span m='83900'>very</span> <span m='84180'>smooth</span> <span m='84810'>and</span> <span m='85020'>natural.</span> <span m='85620'>And</span> <span m='85740'>it</span> <span m='85800'>was</span> <span m='85980'>like,</span> <span m='86150'>yup,</span> <span m='86710'>this</span> <span m='86870'>is</span> <span m='86990'>exactly</span> <span m='87410'>what</span> <span m='87530'>I'm</span> <span m='87640'>supposed</span> <span m='87950'>to</span> <span m='88000'>be</span> <span m='88110'>doing.</span> <span m='88370'>I'm</span> <span m='88460'>supposed</span> <span m='88720'>to</span> <span m='88770'>be</span> <span m='88890'>working</span> <span m='89230'>with</span> <span m='89390'>my</span> <span m='89500'>hands.</span> <span m='90320'>I</span> <span m='90370'>love</span> <span m='90640'>music.</span> <span m='91210'>Work</span> <span m='91420'>with</span> <span m='91510'>my</span> <span m='91610'>hands--</span> <span m='92040'>perfect.</span> </p><p><span m='93710'>Is</span> <span m='93830'>it</span> <span m='93900'>hard</span> <span m='94180'>to</span> <span m='94250'>become</span> <span m='94520'>a</span> <span m='94610'>violin</span> <span m='94990'>maker?</span> <span m='95630'>I'd</span> <span m='95970'>have</span> <span m='96140'>to</span> <span m='96240'>say</span> <span m='96540'>no,</span> <span m='97190'>because</span> <span m='97770'>I</span> <span m='97850'>guess</span> <span m='98070'>my</span> <span m='98190'>advice</span> <span m='98610'>is</span> <span m='98850'>it's</span> <span m='100650'>never</span> <span m='101000'>hard</span> <span m='102310'>to</span> <span m='102420'>do</span> <span m='102640'>anything</span> <span m='103100'>that you</span> <span m='103290'>set</span> <span m='103480'>out</span> <span m='103650'>to</span> <span m='103730'>do.</span> <span m='104560'>My</span> <span m='104710'>work-life</span> <span m='105240'>balance,</span> <span m='105780'>well,</span> <span m='107080'>I</span> <span m='107170'>did</span> <span m='107330'>go</span> <span m='107420'>to</span> <span m='107510'>the</span> <span m='107630'>doctor,</span> <span m='108190'>and</span> <span m='108290'>he</span> <span m='108440'>said</span> <span m='108690'>that</span> <span m='108880'>my</span> <span m='109320'>stress</span> <span m='109680'>level</span> <span m='109980'>was</span> <span m='110260'>envious,</span> <span m='111200'>that</span> <span m='112280'>if</span> <span m='112390'>he</span> <span m='112540'>could</span> <span m='112650'>have</span> <span m='113510'>the</span> <span m='113590'>low</span> <span m='113820'>stress</span> <span m='114240'>that</span> <span m='114370'>I</span> <span m='114490'>have,</span> <span m='114940'>he</span> <span m='115110'>would</span> <span m='115340'>change</span> <span m='115700'>this</span> <span m='115930'>career</span> <span m='116660'>any</span> <span m='116850'>day.</span> <span m='119350'>It's</span> <span m='119540'>because</span> <span m='119780'>I</span> <span m='119830'>love</span> <span m='120090'>what</span> <span m='120230'>I</span> <span m='120290'>work.</span> <span m='120690'>What</span> <span m='121030'>did</span> <span m='121270'>Mark</span> <span m='121490'>Twain</span> <span m='121810'>say?</span> <span m='122320'>Make</span> <span m='122550'>your</span> <span m='122690'>vocation</span> <span m='123340'>a</span> <span m='123400'>vacation?</span> <span m='124580'>That's</span> <span m='124710'>exactly</span> <span m='125120'>what</span> <span m='125250'>I've</span> <span m='125390'>done.</span> <span m='126270'>I</span> <span m='126370'>love</span> <span m='126620'>going</span> <span m='126900'>to</span> <span m='127000'>work.</span> <span m='127315'>It's</span> <span m='127630'>easy.</span> <span m='128590'>You</span> <span m='128710'>know,</span> <span m='128919'>I've</span> <span m='129080'>got</span> <span m='129240'>the</span> <span m='129320'>weekends</span> <span m='129830'>off.</span> <span m='131153'>We</span> <span m='131535'>have</span> <span m='131920'>fun</span> <span m='132330'>at work.</span> <span m='134200'>It's</span> <span m='134300'>really</span> <span m='134420'>no</span> <span m='134580'>stress</span> <span m='134900'>whatsoever.</span> <span m='135480'>So</span> <span m='135900'>I'm</span> <span m='136530'>pretty</span> <span m='136760'>balanced.</span> </p>","file":{"id":342507,"video_id":"3098051818001","name":"1800-Sarah-ViolinMaker2","duration":139134,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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