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Digital Subscriptions > The Strad > November 2019 > MAKING MATTERS


Points of interest to violin and bow makers

The simplest machine

The humble wedge is a stalwart of the luthier’s workshop. Joseph Campanella Cleary examines some of the myriad ways they improve the quality of life for craftspeople

Offcuts from wedges create more wedges. Keeping a variety of wedges handy gives the luthier a flexible way to solve various work-holding problems.

In a world of technological progress, the violin maker’s workshop is an oasis of simplicity and elegance. Among the tools that connect the luthier’s work to antiquity is the wedge, one of six ‘simple machines’ that can exert pressure from feather-light to crushing, in the service of repair, restoration and making new violinfamily instruments.

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Sarah Chang discusses her passion projects and we explore the lives of Chicago's early bow makers. Joseph Curtin examines bridges, there's a look at Brazil's classical music and Alisa Weilerstein reveals her Sentimental Work. Plus David Kim on sautillй.