At the Bench


Some Thoughts on Hide Glue

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    The adhesive used in most aspects of violin making is hide glue. It is made from the connective tissue (skin bones, tendons,etc) of animals. Hide glue has been in use for many thousands of years, although it is not as commonly used today. …

The Neck Setting Jig

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    Setting the neck in violin, viola or cello is probably the most challenging task in the entire making or repair process. The maker or repairman has to make a tight fitting joint (in 3 planes) while simultaneously arriving at the correct final destination for at least a half dozen different measurements. …

Viola scroll shootout

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    It might be said that the viola scroll suffers from a case of split personality. Violins have “violin style” scrolls and cellos have “cello style” scrolls however, any survey of violas is bound to turn up examples with scrolls like violins and like cellos. …

Selecting Wood

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    I have been looking through my wood pile to select the materials for a new instrument. I always look forward to the selection process with anticipation. Looking over the various pieces of wood I have acquired over the years is sort of like visiting with old friends. …


© David Polstein 2018