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Adventures in Lutherie #10: Just a glue-up-du-jour

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 03-21-2017 07:17 PM 1050 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This poor cello had a slit in its face and part of its top had separated from the ribs. Today I felt confident enough to try repairing it. It is curing until I get to work tomorrow.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 03-22-2017 02:42 AM

You have advanced quickly, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 03:27 AM

be great to see it back making music.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 10:51 AM



You have advanced quickly, Dave!

- CFrye

Aside from learning some of the procedures for repairs, I think the biggest obstacle I had to overcome was the idea that these instrumenbts were sacred objects that could not be disassembled and put back together by us mere mortals so to speak. To me, only high priests called Luthiers could do such operations.

But now I’ve come to understrand that these instruments are basically oddly shaped wooden boxes, and that in some cases they are made to fall apart rather than break. That’s why certain glues are used in them. Slowly I’m learnuing the secrets.

I’ve had to take up my fiddle again as It was suggested I should be familiar with the instruments I’m repairing. That’s another ball of wax.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 04:20 PM


You have advanced quickly, Dave!

But now I ve come to understrand that these instruments are basically oddly shaped wooden boxes, and that in some cases they are made to fall apart rather than break. That s why certain glues are used in them. Slowly I m learnuing the secrets.

- Dave Rutan


Dave,

I believe you will find that the idea is to be ‘take apart’ rather than fall apart. All with the goal of repair. There was significant violin (might have been a Stradivarius) that if I remember correctly made it’s way into the Appalachians many years ago. It was damaged and repaired by the Appalachian owner and a skilled Luther was able to restore it many decades later because the ‘repairs’ were ‘undo-able’.

Iain

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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