The reconstruction of the edge, corner and C

The reconstruction of the edge, corner and “C” is very common repair work, because the instruments are subject to wear, falls and blows. In case of a sudden shock, the edge may come detached from the instrument along the purfling. In addition to being decorative, the role of the purfling is precisely to protect the front and back of the instrument. It acts as a “bumper”.

Before starting reconstruction, a maker should look for pieces that perfectly match the original wood. The new edge should look genuine. The processes of oxidation and touching up of the varnish are a must for a successful repair.

M. Menanteau, Rome 2010

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