New Cello – in our Ottawa workshop.

Posted on | April 29, 2009 | 1 Comment|

Pictured on the bench is the Stradivari model cello my assistant and I are making. Inside the sides have been reinforced with cloth.

cello-patches

Stradivari reinforced the sides of his cellos with linen cloth. The sides on our cello are made from poplar which Stradivari also used. It’s a softer wood than maple and is sensible to reinforce them as he did. The linen patches are glued in with hide glue and once dry are very strong and light. The fabric I used was fine quality Irish linen.

Now the front is ready to be glued to the sides and then I’ll fit the neck.

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One Response to “New Cello – in our Ottawa workshop.”

  1. Jonathan
    May 27th, 2009 @ 12:54 am

    I recently receive a specially ordered cello from China, body back and side made from Black Poplar. Top is Englemann Spruce. All Canadian Wood from Rocky’s. I notice that they did not reinforce the side with cloth but wood so thin I can see light from the other side. Now I am bit worried about some accident or breakage might happen down the road.
    I chose Milo’s R-model for the bridge, and B&C Pernambucco fittings. Now she is in the shop getting all she needs and will be back to me soon. First love is always special eh?

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
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    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

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