Tools for a luthier’s apprentice


23 professional-grade tools essential to becoming a luthier’s apprentice.

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I have selected a set of tools that will give you peace of mind and independence as you beginexploring the world of lutherie. These are in fact only a small selection of all the tools needed for the job. However, these tool are the most essential one for beginning your adventures in the world of lutherie. These tools for the luthier’s apprentice are of the same quality as the ones I use as a professional luthier on a daily basis.


Tools for a luthier’s apprentice

Drawing upon my experiences with internships and my knowledge of school curriculums, I have created a simple and acessible set of tools for those wishing to become luthiers.

I have noticed above all that it is very difficult for beginners to put together their toolbox when starting out. Over the years, I have come across many interns, apprentices and students who possess tools that are either outdated, impractical or downright useless. I admit that the same problem has happened to me on many occasions throughout my career in lutherie.

This is precisely why this tool kit includes the essentials to allow anyone to express themselves in this art form. Each tool is of incomparably exceptional quality, and professionals from all over the world use them on a daily basis (myself included).

Final note: not every single tool is included, but what is included are the tools that are the most difficult to come by. These tools are undeniably rare to come across and cannot be found in your local hardware store.


  • Blades made of Japanese steel 6mm and 15mm (Made in Japan)
  • Japanese wood chisels 21mm and 15mm (Made in Japan)
  • Chisels 8/7, 7/10, 7/14, 7/25 (Made in Switzerland)
  • Ryoba Japanese saw (Made in Japan)
  • Scrapers (Made in Germany)

Rasps and files

  • Half-round rasp 16x5x150mm (Made in Germany)
  • Half-round rasp 24x5x200mm (Made in Germany)
  • Sage leaf file 150x15x4,4mm “0” (Made in Switzerland)
  • Flat file 17x2x150mm “2” (Made in Switzerland)


  • Palm planer (Made in Germany)
  • Bench planer (Made in Germany)

Measurements and maintenance

  • High-precision speed square (Made in Japan)
  • 300mm flexible ruler (Made in Japan)
  • Precision plastic vernier caliper, 150mm (Made in Japan)
  • Scribe (Made in Japan)
  • Pointed steel compass, 150mm (Made in France)
  • Combination sharpening stone 1000/6000, 207x66x36 (Made in Japan)
  • Burnisher (Made in Canada)


Learn how to use the tools of a luthier’s apprentice

If you’d like to learn how to use these tools, you can read more on my blog. Additionally, you can also do one of the internships I offer to get more familiar with the tools.


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Payment options

Each order must be paid in full before it is shipped. We currently accept the following forms of payment:

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Delivery costs
Tracked letter Bow* Violin and Viola       Cello
France Free Free Free Free
DOM-TOM 7,00€ 20,00€ 25,00€ On request
Europe 7,00€ 17,00€ 25,00€ On request
World zone 1 7,00€ 25,00€ 30,00€ On request
World zone 2 7,00€ 30,00€ 60,00€ On request

*Large accessories that cannot be sent in a tracked letter format will be sent in the same class packaging as bows. This will be the case for chin straps, for example.

Countries outside the European Union may apply a customs tax. Additional charges may apply depending on the content of the package. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the customs office in your country if you have any questions or concerns.

Deliveries for strings and accessories that measure under 3 cm are made in registered mail format and are therefore sent by the French Post Office. This applies both to national and international deliveries. This is a simple and efficient way to have your order shipped to you directly.

For larger accessories and instruments, I use the Chronopost or TNT solutions. A tracked shipment can either be delivered directly to your home or to a pick-up location, depending on your preference, which you will be asked to specify at checkout.

I generally ship orders between 1 and 4 working days. However, in exceptional circumstances, such as when travelling, I may not be able to meet these deadlines. In this case I will inform you as soon as possible.

For shipments outside of France, transporters may differ depending on the daily quotation.

DOM-TOM : Guadeloupe – Martinique – Guyana – Mayotte – Reunion – Saint Pierre and Miquelon – Saint Barthélemy – Saint Martin.

World zone 1: Albania – Andorra – Armenia – Belarus – Bosnia – Georgia – Gibraltar – Guernsey – Canary Islands – Faroe Islands – Iceland – Jersey – Macedonia – Moldova – Montenegro – Russia – San Marino – Serbia – Turkey – Ukraine – Vatican.

World zone 2: All other countries outside of Europe, DOM-TOM and world zone 1 territories.

Returns and exchanges

You have 14 days from the date of delivery to make a return or exchange. You must return all the items within 30 days of delivery, with the return form and your receipt of purchase included. Returns and exchanges will be refused if the return form and receipt are not included.

If you have any questions regarding payment or delivery, please contact me directly.