L’Atelier du violon

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TONEWOOD FOR VIOLIN


GENERAL INFORMATIONS ABOUT TONEWOOD.


GENERALLY, AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTO BELOW, THE BACK  AND TOP ARE ALREADY SAWN IN TWO PARTS WITH INTERIOR THE PLANED.  WHAT ALLOWS YOU TO SEE THE MAPLE AND SPRUCE MUCH BETTER.








THE JOINT FOR TOP AND BACK REQUIRE ADJUSTMENTS BEFORE GLUING.


SPECIES AVAILABLE

Curly maple and birdseye maple are the species used.

For the top, spruce can come from many regions and her characteristics can vary widely.

The density of these species can vary widely. Regarding the curly maple, hardness can vary from very soft to very hard. Birdseye maple is only associated with hard maple and will usually be cut on slab to get the desired appearance.


THE DRYING

DRYING OF ALL SETS HAS BEEN MADE OF NATURAL AIR DRYING OVER A MINIMUM OF 5 YEARS FOR MAPLE AND 2 YEARS MINIMUM FOR SPRUCE.


SELECTION CRITERIA

FIRSTLY, I CHOOSE THE WOOD FOR HIS ACOUSTIC QUALITIES (RESONANCE) AND THEN THESE QUALITIES FOR BEAUTY.

IDEALLY, THE CUT SHOULD MAKE  IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MESH OF WOOD  TO THE SOUND WAVES CAN EASILY MOVE AN ACROSS.

IF NOT SPECIFIED, THE CUT IS ‘’QUARTER SAWN’’  WITH APPROXIMATELY 10 DEGREES TOLERANCE.

THE WOOD IS NOT A PERFECT MATARIAL AND  IT MAY APPEAR  A SMALL UNPREDICTABLE SURPRISES  (resin pockets, DISCOLOURED etc .) DURING THE WORK.

THESE CHARACTERISTICS, ARE PART OF THIS LIVING MATERIAL. REJECT THEM UNIQUE PARTS,  WOULD BE A MISTAKE.

ORIGIN

IF UNSPECIFIED, THE MAPLE COME FROM NORTH AMERICA AND THE SPRUCE COME FROM DIFFERENT REGIONS. YOU CAN ASK ME THE ORIGIN FOR SPRUCE TOP.


SPECIFICATIONS

DENSITY, elasticity, weight, hardness, SPECIFIC GRAVITY AND OTHER TECHNICAL PARAMETERS OF THE  WOOD,  varies greatly according to SPECIES .

MOREOVER, EVEN FOR A VARIETY, THERE MAY BE  DIFFERENCES  DUE TO DIFFERENT FACTORS AS THE SOIL TYPE, THE AREA, ALTITUDE, THE SIZE OF THE TREE, Hybridization OF SPECIES , POSITION OR WHERE THE PART HAS BEEN COLLECTED IN THE TREE  etc.

BECAUSE OF THIS AMALGAM OF CHARACTERISTICS , EACH PART IS UNIQUE AND THE VIOLIN MAKER WILL FIND THE BEST MODEL AND THICKNESS FOR THIS WOOD TO CREATE AN INSTRUMENT THAT HAS A MAGNIFICENT VOICE.


SAMPLE OF CURLY MAPLE

FRANÇAIS

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