ARTISAN VIOLINS Laurentius Huige



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    Cleaning of one big crack in a rib on an old English cello
    Inventive clamping during glue drying time.
    The glued crack from the outside.

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     Dry clamping test (before gluing) of a cello neck graft on a custom holder.
     Precision cutting of excess wood on repair bushings on a violin

The intricacies of restoration are comparable to a surgeon controlling his scalpels and tweezers.

A plastic surgeon at the Erasmus MC, a specialist in reconstructive surgery, once told me that if you can close a wound in ten different ways, you are an ok surgeon; in twenty different ways, you are a good surgeon. But a brilliant surgeon can possibly think of fifty ways of closing a wound.


This has become my credo for the specialism of violin restoration.


Because no two situations are similar and often we have to think of new and different ways or techniques and develop or make new tools, jigs or clamps – based on traditional methods – to successfully finish a restoration project to satisfaction.