My father being an all-around musician, bought 3 violins for us. Of the 3, mine was totally destroyed, My brother’s was already restored (I have already done it.) but the last one which was my father’s is now in my possession. This is so much special as this was loved by my father and been played much older than me. The only problem that I have seen is the glue which had given up due to time. Here is the situation after I had disassembled it.
Regret that I was not able to take photo on its original state. The photos are taken after I had cleaned all parts by scraping the old shellac finish and the mahogany brown stain that was used those days. Amazingly, the sides of the body is constructed in such a way that a dado or a groove was used. The groove is about 1/32 depth and the width is just about less than 1/16 or nearly a 1 mm. The thickness of the side is only 1/32. There was a cracked body board on the back but can be joined by a glue. Overall, I damaged the sides edges during the cleaning and dis-assembly.
Note: Side strips were damage on the edges because it was sticking strong on the groove. This is the groove were the sides are inserted.
To give you the difference of the original color (shellac in mahogany brown) here is the photo..
To give you the glue in photo used before (probably an asphalt base due to its color black.) now I already use PVA.
And finally, after cleaning the boards… here is the final look.
The tasks to do are challenging. I have to renew the body sides…. What type of finish? an how should I make it more stronger than before that will last for another 50 years…