Lucas Fabro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1991. At a very young age he started to show interest in woodworking thanks to being part of a Scouts group, which he joined at the age of five.
Later on in his youth, he started taking violin lessons with the maestro Roberto Cuccurulloand joined the “Camerata de Bernal” as a player.
Combining these two passions of music and woodworking, Lucas Fabro decided to move to Cremona, Italy to pursue his studies in violin making at the I.P.I.A.L.L. Institute (Istituto Professionale Internazionale del Artigianato Liutario e del Legno, “Antonio Stradivari”).
He currently collaborates with Liuteria Tonewood, one of the leading suppliers of maple wood for instruments.
With Liuteria Tonewood, Lucas has participated at Cremona Mondomusica and have visited the forests in Croatia to enhance his theoretical and practical knowledge of wood. Through this involvement with the company, he has developed a unique expertise on the whole process involved in the preparation of wood used in violin making, from the cutting of the tree to the moment the wood is dried. He applies this knowledge and techniques to expertly select the best wood to use for his instruments.
His workshop is in the city centre of Cremona, just a stone’s throw from the home of Stradivari.
Lucas Fabro takes pride in understanding all the technical processes which go into creating a great violin and usually makes around 8 a year. He knows the whereabouts of most of his instruments and gets to see them from time to time as the musicians who commission them often become friends.
He is a member of the Michelangelo Foundation and the BVMA
As part of his working process, it’s important to him that he handpicks every single piece of wood for his instruments to ensure that each piece is of the highest quality and to make certain that every one of his instruments will have a long lasting life.
Lucas works alone from scratch on each instrument and, as he has a background in Engineering, he also has a keen interest in the physics of the instrument and the importance this has on the acoustics.
Each handmade top and back has its own individual and specified arching to enhance the sound quality of the instrument. Varnishing is an integral part of his process as he uses his own recipe having selected the different components matching his style of construction to get the highest quality of sound for his instruments. During the set up stage he applies strict attention to detail, making certain that each instrument is always well balanced, with perfect equilibrium between the strings.