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On hearing on the radio, today, about the evacuation of the Swiss village of Brienz, due to increased risk of rock slides, I looked up the violin making school on the internet and found this interesting old photo below, (sorry about the poor quality) I was intrigued to see the shaving horse and its accompanying padded seat, in prominent place at front right. Then the work holding jig? at the back (a bit like my home made plane making wedge operated clamp!) and the mysterious peg on the bench at the front. I notice the bench doesn't seem to have a screw operated vice? I also like the three legged gluepot/posnet, Just like the one shown in the famous woodcut (from the same period when Andrea Amati was flourishing) by Jost Amman of "Der lautenmacher". I have often thought purpose made holding jigs are best for quick repeat work rather than the very useful but general purpose screw vice. Work holding jigs would make sense, to me, for a worker who specialized in scroll making. A shaving horse is a device that allows very quick and firm holding and repositioning of unevenish shapes, perhaps it was used here when roughing out many necks, especially in ones of the cheaper grades, made with plane, unfigured wood which I suspect would be less risky to drawknife to shape than heavily figured wood? In contrast to the general 'ancientness' visible, there seems to be some kind of motorised flexible shaft device, perhaps for carving? I wonder if anyone on Maestronet, could explain the likely use to a scroll carver of some of these tools and devices which don't seem to be found in modern luthiers workshops? I would be especially grateful if anyone can tell me where I can find more of these photos, taken by someone named Ing Strauss in 1946, apparently on a sort of reconnaissance trip to the Schonbach area. I would really love to see the interiors of other workshops if they exist! I wonder if this scroll carver, like Jost Amman's lutemmaker of 1568, had a trusty axe and chopping block but maybe hid them before the photographer arrived?