Passing on the knowledge

In the last 10 years, I have had several violin building students or young newly established violin builders in my workshop for practice or work experience of varying lengths. If you are interested in working with me, these are the requirements:

• You are studying in a violin making school, or completed the education recently.
• You have the necessary funds to support yourself financially during your stay in Norway.
• The instrument(s) you build in my workshop remain my property after completion. This is my payment for the time I spend raising your skills.
• You are eager to learn and have a positive and self driven personality.
• Please send me references of at least two people you have worked for in the past. For example, teachers or violin makers where you have previously worked.

If you fulfil all of these requirement, please send me an e-mail with an application, a CV and photos of you work.

Violin made by Ilze de Ligt

during her internship in the workshop

“I spent two months in Jacob’s workshop making a violin under his guidance. Jacob is a very enthusiastic teacher and he has been more than generous with sharing his knowledge and showing me new techniques. I enjoyed my time there tremendously and Jacob defenitely helped me taking my skills to the next level.”

Ilze de Ligt


Violin made by Vik Vandamme

during his internship

“Thanks to Jacob I learned many new violin making techniques. He enjoys sharing his experience and little secrets with great pleasure. In just under 6 weeks I made a violin on his personal model. It was lovely to end up in such a nice atmosphere, during work, but also outside working hours.”

Vik Vandamme

Roeselare, Belgium

Violin made by William Szott

during his internship

“I spent a month making a violin with Jacob in his workshop and he is so generous with sharing his knowledge, really showing me all his tips and tricks to help me improve my skills.”

William Szott

Manchester, UK

Instruments made by Stijn Smeets

during his internship

“During my internship, I did make a violin and cello under the watchful eye of Jacob von der Lippe. With his guidance and patience, these instruments turned out very nice and represent a steep learning curve and better craftsmanship. If possible, I would return to beautiful Norway in a heartbeat.”

Stijn Smeets

Bree, Belgium
Worked in my workshop for 7 months