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|Making a Violin|
|Gwyneth Wilbur, LUTHIER|
ach of Gwyneth's hand-crafted instruments is made from wood that has been air-dried for at least seven years. The sides, back and neck are usually maple to ensure strength and fine finish. The top is quarter-cut European spruce, chosen for perfect sound reflection. Ebony and rosewood are used for fittings such as fingerboards and pegs. Gwyneth obtains her supplies from specialists in Canada, the United States and Europe.
ne violin takes close to 200 hours of meticulous work. The wood must be carefully bent, carved and shaved to within 0.1 mm. in thickness, a calibration that depends on state-of-the art precision instruments. This work requires endless patience, hands that can form with surgeon-like precision, and eyes of a fine artist.
he resulting difference between a handcrafted instrument and one turned out on a factory assembly line can be seen and heard immediately, even by a non-specialist. The hand-crafted instrument has a longer life and like a few prestigious automobiles or vintage wines, increases in value as each year passes.
hown below is the process of making a violin:
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