These are two quite different but related fields to the violin maker.
A damaged instrument should be repaired as quickly as possible, to minimize
stress, warping and other ills. An instrument undergoing restoration however
has to be assessed throughout each stage of the restoration process, to
give the restorer a clear view of what is involved. All work has to be
reversible. That is, nothing original should be removed, no varnish should
be stripped, and when finished, the restoration should be as invisible
as possible. Here are some examples of work I have undertaken on instruments.
This cello was involved
in a car accident. The owner walked away, while the cello was not so lucky.
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Case 2: Button Repair.
John Carter London 1820 cello. The process of an invisible / secret
button repair. Click on
the thumbnail to enlarge the picture.