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Pete’s Fiddle: Lining

Petes-fiddle-lining in the workshop of Ilja Grawert & son master violin maker and luthier in Brisbane Australia The Gap and North Queensland

The lining on a bowed stringed instrument is a bent piece of wood, usually willow or spruce, which is glued to the top and bottom of the ribs to reinforce the ribs and create a larger glueing surface for the plates. Here is a short video clip of the process.

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Left hand studio violin ready to varnish

I have been building a left hand violin for an order and it is finally ready to be varnished. Hand made left hand studio violin built in the workshop of Ilja Grawert & son master violin maker and luthier in Brisbane Australia The Gap and North Queensland near Whitsundays in our beautiful workshop surrounded by rain forest, fruit trees, gardens and a clear Mountain creek…

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Stamp making

hand made stamp Ilja Grawert & son master violin maker and luthier in Brisbane Australia The Gap and North Queensland

Currently as a little side hobby I learning to stamps on wood. So far I am getting closer to acceptable quality with every new attempt. When I am happy there will be new, traditional stamped labels in my violins. beautiful look and no printing involved…very traditional old craft, old time. Stamp No1 was the first trial ever in rubber and is just not good enough, and No2 is done in a soft rubber and a little bit better but triggered a material change and Stamp No3 is my first trial in end grain hardwood. I am still improving the method and am already getting better results.

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New violin

middle joints done for new handmade violin

I finally got around to do the middle joints for the plates. It is always good to get that done as you feel that you have started a violin. The next steps will only happen when I get back from my Brisbane workshop and have time to fully dedicate myself to this new violin. As I drew a new model I am even more excited about the violin.

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3/4 violin update No 3

The varnishing process is nearly finished…what a beautiful amber colour

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Full size studio cello sounds perfect now

full size studio cello at Ilja Grawert violin maker in Brisbane australia

After the full size studio cello was varnished and set-up it still needed some fine adjustments, a lot of playing and figuring out which are the best strings to support its beautiful sound. Now after two extra month of fine tuning the cello it is a very vibrant, ringing but warm and deep sounding cello. I am very happy with it. It is time to change it from the pre-order price to the full price. Call or email me for playing this cello let it be for purchase or only to have a play.

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3/4 Studio violin 1

The 3/4 studio violin which I am building at the moment is ready to be closed. The plates are tuned, the bass-bar fitted, glued and tuned, all thicknesses and sound proportions are right….The ‘Ilja Grawert – Sound System’ has been applied. The next steps will be to clean the violin outside again and prepare the foundation varnish.

3/4 studio violin at Ilja Grawert violin maker and son in Brisbane and Whitsundays
3/4 studio violin at Ilja Grawert violin maker and son in Brisbane and Whitsundays
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All current projects finished

7/8 & 4/4 studio studio viola cello with fleur de lis and two old German/Hungarian violasat Ilja Grawert violin shop workshop Brisbane Australia

After spending the last few month building the two studio cellos and the studio 15 1/2″ viola, and restoring two more old German ~1920s viola and old Hungarian/German ~ 1950s viola, all are now set-up and ready to be played. I am extremely happy with the sound of all 5 instruments. The cellos are very different, The full size cello has a very full warm and beautiful tone, speaks easy. The 7/8 cello has a more powerful outgoing tone with still a lot of beauty. All three violas have a deep very even sound speak easy and have beautiful but strong A strings. The cellos are already in my web-shop. The violas will be online presented in about 3 weeks time as my son Reuben usually takes the much better photos. He is not here in Brisbane with me but he is keeping the North Queensland workshop open. If you have interest in more information about the violas or cellos ….please email me to contact@grawert.com.au or sms to 0437 88 2468

This will make space for my next project a 3/4 studio violin, finishing a fully handmade violin on order, as well as finally developing the extra large violin for the viola player so it doesn’t feel so small and some other surprises.

Then obviously there are a lot of smaller or larger repairs and restorations which belong to customers and I will not publish.

Obviously I have my favorites out of these five… but do not like to publish here.