Violin making is an art of constructing stringed musical instruments, mainly violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. In the 15th century, the term mainly applied to lutes, then it gradually covered other instruments.

Its present shape, the art of violin making assumed in the 16th century in Italy (also in Poland) where big manufacturing centers, ones employing masters of the craft, were created.

Since its earliest beginnings, the violin has been an embodiment of the highest ideals of art. Violin making is more than a craft, and entails much more than the mere construction of a violin. Many areas of expertise must be mastered. The appearance and the sound produced by a violin or a similar instrument are more dependant than in the case of other instruments on the talent and artistic taste of its maker. Knowledge of materials and an ability to sense the strengths and weaknesses of a given piece of wood, is essential. The design, architecture and choice of wood all determine the ultimate potential of the finished work.