Ribs Ribs
By meticulously copying Stradivarius models, the rib outline of the instrument is obtained. This links the past to the present, keeping up the age-old tradition of perfection & accuracy. Making a cello requires several months of painstaking craftsmanship to complete an instrument that is pleasing to both the eye and ear.
Belly
Now onto the belly, the soundboard of the instrument. Spruce from the Dolomite Alps is used. Like the maple, this is carefully selected - top quality fine-grained spruce contributes to the balanced & mellow sound of her cellos. Here the sensuous fs are being shaped following Stradivarius' patterns.
Belly
Back Back
Seasoned maple from the Balkans is used for the ribs, scroll and back. The thickness of the back is accurately measured to produce the sonorous & mellow sound so characteristic of the cello.
Purfling
The purfling is the decorative black and white strip, which adorns the belly and the back. On the back it is purely ornamental, while its function on the belly is to prevent cracking.
The black of the purfling is made from two thin strips of pear wood - dyed black- and glued on either side of a strip of poplar wood. (Other woods can be used but this combination is typically Cremonese.) The thickness of these strips have to be very accurate, in order to fit snugly in the prepared channel.
At the corners of the cello the black of the purfling is extended to form the distinctive 'sting', the trademark of each luthier. The purfling is glued into the channel with hide glue.
Purfling
Scroll Scroll
Time is not of the essence when making a masterpiece. Carving a scroll with delicate authority in much the same manner as those of the old masters contribute to the aesthetic value of the cello. It is a slow process, with continuous checks for symmetry and pleasing lines.
Varnish
Like an alchemist of old, resins and gums are weighed and dissolved in alcohol. Applying the varnish requires patience. Each of the 30 to 40 thin coats must dry before the next is applied. At least a month will pass before the final result is obtained - a rich and transparent varnish that protects & glorifies the instrument.
Varnish
Set-up Set-up
Polished to a lustrous finish, the cello is ready for the bridge, sound post and strings. This takes the maker to the moment of truth.