Are you curious as to how my instruments are built? The most important stages in their construction are presented here. All instruments are intricately handcrafted, down to the smallest detail.
Choosing the wood
My work begins with the selection of the wood. I use exclusively the finest selected tonewoods, those that have been stored for 10 years and more.
The back, ribs and neck of an instrument are made out of maple, and the belly out of the highest-quality spruce.
Shaping the arching
The arching is roughly cut out with a chisel. The form of the arching (height, depth, etc.) determines the volume, responsiveness, and carrying power of the sound.
Bending the ribs
The 1.2-mm-thick ribs are bent to shape on a hot bending iron and then glued in the mold to the corner blocks as well as to the end and neck blocks.
Carving the neck
With ca. 15 different special chisels and scrapers, the volutes of an intricate scroll are carved, curve for curve, out of a single block of maple.
Applying the varnish
The varnish protects the wood and emphasizes its unique beauty. It gives it fire and brightness and influences the timbre and sound of the instrument. The highly flexible varnish is thinly applied with a brush.
Cutting out the bridge
The feet of the bridge are carved to exactly fit the curve of the belly. This is essential to assure the best vibration transmission by the resonance box.