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Taking into account the large amount of violins produced on what is known as 'dutzenarbeit' I thought of the great amount of wood that were needed for their construction and what could have been its provenance. I guess the most used tree species would have been: spruce (picea abies? abies alba?), maple (acer pseudoplatanus?) and beech (fagus sylvatica). Did a wood industry developed alongside the instrument production centers? What regions where choosen to harvest the wood?
Hi All, I'm new here and excited to talk to fiddle folks! ( instead of the wall!) I am an artist and live in the Mountains, ( Alppalachia USA. ) I am a self taught picker & have a handfu of violas, Gambas, tenor vielle, and cello. I can play them all at medium 'Jam'..or easy classical level. I read and play by ear. Every so often I have to take one of my 'babies' to a repair luthier. Sadly I have had results which range from doubtful to scary. I DONT WANT TO DO that anymore! I am a skilled silversmith, fune needle worker, desighner, and award winning copper plate etching artist, as well as wood cuts and have tooled soom saddles. I can andle MOST exacting crafts. I am READY to take on basic set up and light repairs for fiddles. I am searching for sources...both INFO, and GOOD quality materials, and tools. I am on Soc Sec. So...am NOT wealthy...but KNOW the value of good tools! PLEASE... send me any advice or leads you can. I have 4 instruments that need attention...and ...am playing the only one that is ' working'. THANK YOU for your help and encouragement! Miss Billie, ( Blue Ridge Girl )
I have some American red maple for violin and viola backs and ribs and maple to go with them for sale. I wanted to see if there is any interest in it here. If there is I'll send pictures and answer any questions. All of the wood is at least 10-15 years old, mostly 2 piece, but there are some single piece slab backs.