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My beloved side bending press doing its thing

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My beloved side bending press doing its thing

#classicalguitar #customguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #mainemade #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars

Laying out bracing

#lutherie #customguitar #joinery #classicalguitar #mainemade #madeinmaine #tedious #laboroflove #tobyrzepka #rzepkaguitars
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Laying out bracing 

#lutherie #customguitar #joinery #classicalguitar #mainemade #madeinmaine #tedious #laboroflove #tobyrzepka #rzepkaguitars

Love me a #vacuumpress

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #whatsonyourbench #mainecraft #mainemade
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Love me a #vacuumpress

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #whatsonyourbench #mainecraft  #mainemade

Spruce on the loose! Impromptu gathering of Rzepka spruces 2008-2018. I love family reunions.

#tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #europeanspruce #redspruce #classicalguitar
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Spruce on the loose! Impromptu gathering of Rzepka spruces 2008-2018. I love family reunions. 

#tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #europeanspruce #redspruce #classicalguitar

Shaping the belly for a Jaye division viol

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie #madeinmaine #whatsonyourbench
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Shaping the belly for a Jaye division viol

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie #madeinmaine #whatsonyourbench

Rosettes!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #inlay #whatsonyourbench
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Rosettes!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #inlay #whatsonyourbench

Rosettes!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #inlay #whatsonyourbench
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Rosettes!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #inlay #whatsonyourbench

 

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cool photo!

Gluing bridge on no. 60

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #vacuumclamp #whatsonyourbench #hideglue
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Gluing bridge on no. 60

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #vacuumclamp #whatsonyourbench #hideglue

 

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The blue masking tape is an odd choice 😜

The incomparable Gregoíre Pearce sending pure magic into the universe on his 2016 #flamenconegra

@theactualgregoire #gardenmusic #flamenco #flamencoguitar #africanblackwood #lutherie #classicalguitar #customguitar #backyardconcert
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The incomparable Gregoíre Pearce sending pure magic into the universe on his 2016 #flamenconegra

@theactualgregoire #gardenmusic #flamenco #flamencoguitar #africanblackwood #lutherie #classicalguitar #customguitar #backyardconcert

Almost done bending and gluing spruce staves--by building the belly like a barrel, a stronger arching is created with continuous, unbroken grain. Those 17thC English luthiers were on to something...

#earlymusic #lutherie #viol #violadagamba #henryjaye #madeinmaine #whatsonyourbench
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Almost done bending and gluing spruce staves--by building the belly like a barrel, a stronger arching is created with continuous, unbroken grain. Those 17thC English luthiers were on to something...

#earlymusic #lutherie #viol #violadagamba #henryjaye #madeinmaine #whatsonyourbench

Just about to fill the pores on this beautiful #africanblackwood

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #handmadeguitar #whatsonyourbench #lutherie
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Just about to fill the pores on this beautiful #africanblackwood

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #handmadeguitar #whatsonyourbench #lutherie

 

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Wow, I can’t wait to see this one finished!

That is a very large African Blackwood. Looks fabulous!

Thats already a work of art

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Staves cut for bent front 1629 Jaye division viol. Now comes the fun part #lutherie #madeinmaine #bentfront #earlymusic #viol #violadagamba ... See MoreSee Less

Staves cut for bent front 1629 Jaye division viol. Now comes the fun part #lutherie #madeinmaine #bentfront #earlymusic #viol #violadagamba

Pick a card... head veneers ready for gluing #customguitar #maineguitar #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Pick a card... head veneers ready for gluing #customguitar #maineguitar #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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Dang. Wish I’d never left Maine. Would you ever make a ukulele?

That one all the way to the right 😍

Getting #hondurasmahogany necks ready for head veneers

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #handmadeguitars
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Getting #hondurasmahogany necks ready for head veneers

#customguitar #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #handmadeguitars

 

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Fluffy shavings!!

Are you on Lake Time in that photo?

Just returned from Venice, a surprise (late) 40th Birthday trip thanks to my amazing brother! Feeling inspired in the workshop now after being surrounded by elegant craftsmanship and architectural wonder. ... See MoreSee Less

Just returned from Venice, a surprise (late) 40th Birthday trip thanks to my amazing brother! Feeling inspired in the workshop now after being surrounded by elegant craftsmanship and architectural wonder.

 

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Happy Birthday, Toby!

Happy birthday, Toby!

Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed Venice 🙂

Would love to visit. One of my favorite architects is Carlo Scarpa, who did several projects in Venice that incorporated historical and modern elements. www.google.com/search?q=carlo+scarpa&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=ST42JE2GY81QUM%253A%252Cp-uDJF...:

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2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Nothing looks better than old recycled parchment for viol linings - - I'm finally getting toward the end of this 17th C land deed from Lincolnshire I've been using for ages. Time to get back on eBay... #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #gamba #madeinmaine #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

Nothing looks better than old recycled parchment for viol linings - - Im finally getting toward the end of this 17th C land deed from Lincolnshire Ive been using for ages. Time to get back on eBay... #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #gamba #madeinmaine #lutherie

 

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Sounds like good reading!

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Just sent this Brazilian / spruce off to Michigan -- the fifth guitar from the same big beautiful chunk of rosewood. Love that chocolate color and sapwood with the flamed maple bindings!
#brazilianrosewood #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #customguitar #lutherie
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Just sent this Brazilian / spruce off to Michigan -- the fifth guitar from the same big beautiful  chunk of rosewood. Love that chocolate color and sapwood with the flamed maple bindings!
#brazilianrosewood #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #customguitar #lutherie

 

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#TobyRzepkaLuthier , I’ve had the pleasure of listening to Gabriel play it Stellar sound and beauty !!!

Nicely done, and nicely finished.

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3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Gluing a loose back brace with my handy scissor jack

#lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar #classicalguitar
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Gluing a loose back brace with my handy scissor jack

#lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar #classicalguitar

 

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I'm so jealous! You have cool tools! That's so much more controlled than a chopstick wedge!

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Almost ready for stringing up! Spruce/braz 650 going out to Michigan next week

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #brazilianrosewood
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Almost ready for stringing up! Spruce/braz 650 going out to Michigan next week

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #brazilianrosewood

 

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Cool, another of your beautiful guitars in Michigan #mainetomichigan

It's hard to keep track of all the people in Michigan who love Rzepka guitars!

Toby , I’ve just listened to this guitar for the last hour .....Beautiful sound !!!

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4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Dipping back into the 17th C between classical guitar festivals

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #viol #madeinmaine
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Dipping back into the 17th C between classical guitar festivals

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #viol #madeinmaine

 

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Oh damn! You build pirate ships as well?

Is this to be a vijuella or baroque quitar?

How many viols have you made?

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4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Good things happen when you wander the lush greenery of old Louisville after a gorgeous David Russell concert--fireflies, bourbon, Henry IV--and a free coozy! #gfa2018 ... See MoreSee Less

Good things happen when you wander the lush greenery of old Louisville after a gorgeous David Russell concert--fireflies, bourbon, Henry IV--and a free coozy! #gfa2018

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Great first day at #gfa2018! Thanks to all the unbelievable players who made it down to visit us here in the basement 🙂. A lot of great luthiers down here, stop by if you haven't already!

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie
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Great first day at #gfa2018! Thanks to all the unbelievable players who made it down to visit us here in the basement 🙂. A lot of great luthiers down here, stop by if you havent already!

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie

 

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I'm loving the selfies! 😉

Toby! Where a the festival? How long?

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

After three flight cancelations, a missing bag, and 24 hours stuck in NYC, things are looking good for me actually making it to (most of) #gfa2018. Laguardia, it's been real. Look out, Louisville. ... See MoreSee Less

After three flight cancelations, a missing bag, and 24 hours stuck in NYC, things are looking good for me actually making it to (most of) #gfa2018. Laguardia, its been real. Look out, Louisville.

 

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Good look Toby with the rest of your trip!

Toby, you're lucking good!

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Four boxes of pure guitar magic speeding off to #gfa2018 in Louisville, KY. Hope to see lots of familiar faces and many new ones too. Come find me at the vendor fair! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar ... See MoreSee Less

Four boxes of pure guitar magic speeding off to #gfa2018 in Louisville, KY. Hope to see lots of familiar faces and many new ones too. Come find me at the vendor fair! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #customguitar

 

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Have a great time! Wish I could join you!

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Neck carvin' time

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Neck carvin time

#classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #madeinmaine #customguitar

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Hate to be inside working on a day like this after a loooooong Maine winter - - but the crabapple outside my workshop window is a good consolation prize #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #crabapple #floweringtrees ... See MoreSee Less

Hate to be inside working on a day like this after a loooooong Maine winter - - but the crabapple outside my workshop window is a good consolation prize #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #crabapple #floweringtrees

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

I'm building this small bass viol without a mold, as the original was built back in 1624. I love this method--it makes for a lighter instrument (no corner blocks, no back linings!) Corners and seams will be reinforced with parchment. #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #viol ... See MoreSee Less

Im building this small bass viol without a mold, as the original was built back in 1624. I love this method--it makes for a lighter instrument (no corner blocks, no back linings!) Corners and seams will be reinforced with parchment. #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #viol

 

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I love that there is real 17th C parchment in your viols!

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

This most fundamental hand tool exercise, making a perfectly square block, somehow never loses its charm. There's something about the crispness of the shape, the simplicity of form encompassing an organic, irregular material, that never gets old. I guess Ellsworth Kelly would have stopped here 🙂. But this one will shaped into a top block for a bass viol #handtools #finewoodworking #madeinmaine #violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

This most fundamental hand tool exercise, making a perfectly square block, somehow never loses its charm. Theres something about the crispness of the shape, the simplicity of form encompassing an organic, irregular material, that never gets old. I guess Ellsworth Kelly would have stopped here 🙂. But this one will shaped into a top block for a bass viol #handtools #finewoodworking #madeinmaine #violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie

 

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the way light diffuses at its edges!

ps - we gotta get up to ME this summer

Ahhh, back to your "old" tricks.. get it? Bass viol? Old?

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6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Assembly time! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Assembly time! #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

 

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Have you ever employed radial bracing?

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Block plane & mini table saw = tidy cherry linings #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #handtools @ Toby Rzepka, Luthier ... See MoreSee Less

Block plane & mini table saw = tidy cherry linings #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #handtools  @ Toby Rzepka, LuthierImage attachmentImage attachment
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