My instruments are exclusively hand crafted and usually made to order.
Prior to construction all details are discussed with the musician.
Often the choice of timbers are discussed, including the choice of suitable models.
First the matured wood must be prepared.
For the viola shown here I use poplar for the back, ribs, lining and blocks. The front made of spruce and the neck carved out of maple are not illustrated here.
One of the first working steps is the bending of the ribs with a hot iron. The bent ribs are glued and clamped to the blocks.
The lining serves to stiffen the ribs while increasing the glue surface for the back and top. The lining is cut with a knife as illustrated.