The making of a violin originates first of all in an encounter between the luthier and the musician. Almost 80 pieces, made from different species of wood, cut, planed, and perfectly adjusted to create a violin: a month of work.
– Wood: mainly mountain wood. Spruce and flamed maple. The trees are cut down in winter (the luthiers too …), undergo a first drying, then the parts are dried for several years in the workshop.
– The construction steps: the table and the bottom are made up of two assembled parts. Their incredibly thin vault (less than 3 mm) is cut in the mass with a gouge, a small brass planer and then finished with the razor. They are then assembled to the crown of fishplates (which are folded with the hot iron) to form the trunk of the instrument: seen from the inside, it looks like a real cathedral. It enclaves the handle whose head ends traditionally in volute. It is time to varnish the instrument (varnish in oil or alcohol). Once dry, all that remains to do is to mount the instrument and make it sound.