Posts by Laura

PRISMA 2017

PRISMA 2017 June 2017 I’m the official luthier of PRISMA- the Pacific Regional International Summer Music Academy. I’ll be assessing instruments, tweaking set-ups and rehairing bows for the two week festival. PRISMA is a great event. Check it out. prismafestival.com  

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Cello Bass Bar Crack Repair

Cello Bassbar Crack Repair May 2017   This cello had a large bass bar crack. This is a crack that runs along the length of the bassbar on the top of the instrument. It was caused by some sort of fall or shock to the instrument. It caused the bassbar itself to come loose (it didn’t fit so well in the first place). I removed the bassbar and refit it. I glued the crack. Then I cleated the crack, with cleats that ran through where the bassbar would later sit. I then had to fit the bassbar over the cleats, then glue the bassbar down. I trimmed the cleats and glued the cello back together. I also did a small repair to the edge of the cello where it had been worn down by always being placed on its side on a carpet. Now it’s ready to play again- no sign of injury unless you look inside and see the...

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Neck Re-Set

Neck Re-Set May 2017   A neck re-set was required for this beautiful beast of a violin. It’s been through a lot, and it has had a lot of repairs. The neck has been re-set in the past, more than once by the looks of it. The neck angle was all wrong and things weren’t looking very stable. I opted to take the neck off and see what was going on in the neck block area. I put in a new neck block to reinforce some makeshift repairs that had been done in the past and then I re-set the neck....

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Neck Graft and a Crazy Rehair

Neck Graft and a Crazy Rehair April 2017 I started a neck graft this month. The scroll is an important part of the violin. Some consider it the signature of the maker. If there is major damage to the neck and or other structural issues with the set up, sometimes a new neck is required. We don’t just carve a new scroll and new neck. Instead, a the original scroll is grafted onto a new neck. It’s a complex process. It’ll be a bit slow since I’ve got lots of little repairs on the go. Here’s the beginning. Stay tuned for updates on progress. I also had a crazy rehair this month. A split teal-purple vertical rehair for Serena Eades of Dehli to Dublin. Challenging and fun. Tip mortise. Frog mortise. Completed...

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Scroll Carving

Scroll Carving March 2017   Using my end vise, I clamp the scroll in order to gouge out the pegbox. I drill some holes in the area to aid in the removal of the wood, which I do primarily with a chisel and...

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