Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Alex on Leave: Learning Violin Graduation Technique

The two boys are left to defend the fort as boss Alex has taken a short leave of absence from the shop. He is down in Georgia to study up on graduation techniques with master violin maker Stephanie Voss.

I'm no expert on the technique but I think graduation has to do with scraping, planing, or cutting down the layers of wood inside the instrument. From what I've heard, it's a delicate procedure that needs to be taken with caution. Why? There's the ethical issue of messing with the violin maker's work. There's also the problem of compensating the instrument's structural integrity for better acoustics.

Alex will fill me in on more about this technique and his experiences down in Georgia. Maybe a photo or two perhaps?

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