When a violin needs a new neck Part 2.
When a violin needs a new neck Part 1.
This week one year ago, we started filming my Online Violin Neck Graft Course. To calm my nerves, I suggested we start off by taking some shots of my tools!
Multiple cracks as well as a letterbox patch required some half-edging, patches and bits of edge to be replaced.
Removing over-varnish takes a lot of patience when you’re trying to ensure you are not removing any of the original varnish underneath.
The key to getting these areas that had unfortunately been stripped and over-varnished to look right, was to fade the colour across from the hard grain to the soft grain rather than just giving the whole area a “wash” with the matching colour.
I recently had to replace a French style cello bridge I’d cut a few years ago as the string heights had got too low and we opted to try a hybrid this time, a personalised model designed by the guys at Beare’s a few years ago. It’s more Belgium style but with extra wood above and below the heart. This is what my customer Christopher Slatter thought of the different bridges:
An unusual restoration from a few years ago – don’t ask me why they did this!
A bit of understated blending in after a protective see-through plastic was removed from the painted area and covering the worn area to the right.