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.
Now we are further along with the varnishing process on the left hand studio violin. the first picture is the ground coated violin and then you see with the colour varnish applied.
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…
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.
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.
Here are some pictures of the 3/4 studio violin which is now ready for the ground coats. From the first picture which is the still raw wood then to ground preparation one to three.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.