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Halfway through #varnishing

#customviol #oilvarnish #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #mainemade #mainecraft #customgamba #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols
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Halfway through #varnishing

#customviol #oilvarnish #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #mainemade #mainecraft #customgamba #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols

2 weeks ago

Today I'm celebrating the 4th anniversary of receiving my beautiful Rzepka #31. It's been a constant companion ever since! A very special guitar! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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55 ❀️

30 🎢

Happy anniversary Brian! I love hearing that you have gotten so much joy from that guitar. Thank you for being such a great supporter of my work!

#7 checking in!

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One of the perks of Spanish heel construction - - no separate heel cap allows for little details like this spicy little sapwood point bisecting the purfling bee stings

#classicalguitar #customclassicalguitar #customclassical #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #madeinmaine #mainemade #lutherie #luthier
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One of the perks of Spanish heel construction - - no separate heel cap allows for little details like this spicy little sapwood point bisecting the purfling bee stings

#classicalguitar #customclassicalguitar #customclassical #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #madeinmaine #mainemade #lutherie #luthier

 

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Ooh!

Wow that’s beautiful!!!

Oh my, this #cocobolo is looking fetching under #frenchpolish

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #luthier #mainemade #whatsonyourbench
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Oh my, this #cocobolo is looking fetching under #frenchpolish

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #luthier #mainemade #whatsonyourbench

 

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So amazed by your genius! Wish I had taken that immersion class you offered a few years ago at MECA.

Finally some pictures!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Dreamy

Like the cocobolo.

beautiful

😍

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Small bass #viol in the drying cupboard with a first coat of the precious #oilvarnish I made with my buddy @abbradford several years ago. Memories of summer afternoons, the smell of pine rosin, washed linseed oil, pure gum turps, and...a looooot of patience...

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #luthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols #madeinmaine #customgamba #customviol
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Small bass #viol in the drying cupboard with a first coat of the precious #oilvarnish I made with my buddy @abbradford several years ago. Memories of summer afternoons, the smell of pine rosin, washed linseed oil, pure gum turps, and...a looooot of patience...

#violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #luthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols #madeinmaine #customgamba #customviol

Customer requested his initials branded on the heel of this viol--it took me a bit to work out a way of ensuring perfect alignment. You only get one shot...quite pleased with the result!

#onbrand #viol #customviol #violadagamba #customgamba #luthier #lutherie #earlymusic #baroquemusic #renaissancemusic #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols
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Customer requested his initials branded on the heel of this viol--it took me a bit to work out a way of ensuring perfect alignment. You only get one shot...quite pleased with the result!

#onbrand #viol #customviol #violadagamba #customgamba #luthier #lutherie #earlymusic #baroquemusic #renaissancemusic #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols

 

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The nicest bit of purfling I have ever seen😊

oh my godddd

Nice purfling points

great crisp purfling.

Fahntastico!

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Going for rich color on this flamed maple--a wash coat of shellac with a bit of analine dye in it will give it warmth and depth under the French polish

#frenchpolish #wooddye #flamedmaple #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #classicalguitar #luthier
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Going for rich color on this flamed maple--a wash coat of shellac with a bit of analine dye in it will give it warmth and depth under the French polish

#frenchpolish #wooddye #flamedmaple #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #customguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #tobyrzepkaluthier #classicalguitar #luthier

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Just got ten new sets of #camatillo rosewood in from my man in the Yucatan--one of my very favorite #tonewood s, both acoustically and visually. Not easy to find--but worth the hunt!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #figuredwood #luthier #lutherie #guitarmaker #Rzepkaguitars #mainemade #madeinmaine
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Just got ten new sets of #camatillo rosewood in from my man in the Yucatan--one of my very favorite #tonewood s, both acoustically and visually. Not easy to find--but worth the hunt!

#customguitar #classicalguitar #figuredwood #luthier #lutherie #guitarmaker #Rzepkaguitars #mainemade #madeinmaine

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Getting there... #openscroll #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #luthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols ... See MoreSee Less

Getting there... #openscroll #viol #violadagamba #earlymusic #lutherie #luthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols

 

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Fun! what do you use to sand the inside?

That's pretty amazing!

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Master grade flamed maple from Poland, blackwood bindings from Mozambique, Mexican mahogany neck- its like the UN up in this shop

#flamedmaple #lutherie #luthier #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #customguitar #classicalguitar #mainemade #madeinmaine
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Master grade flamed maple from Poland, blackwood bindings from Mozambique, Mexican mahogany neck- its like the UN up in this shop

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

 

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Beautiful....will it be up for sale?

exquisite

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Just roughed out the scroll & pegbox for this 1624 Jaye bass viol--it'll have the distinctive, delicate open scroll that almost all non carved-head viols feature

#lutherie #earlymusic #madeinmaine #mainemade #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepka #luthier
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Just roughed out the scroll & pegbox for this 1624 Jaye bass viol--itll have the distinctive, delicate open scroll that almost all non carved-head viols feature

#lutherie #earlymusic #madeinmaine #mainemade #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepka #luthier

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Love these little puzzles--here I'm tying in mitered purfling from the back strip to the binding on a Spanish heel

#lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #customguitar #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #mainemade
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Love these little puzzles--here Im tying in mitered purfling from the back strip to the binding on a Spanish heel

#lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #customguitar #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars #mainemade
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3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

A customer brought in this Cordoba with a missing section of purfling and binding (thanks to a nasty fall). Luckily I have 0.6mm blood wood and maple veneers on hand.

#guitarrepair #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #tobyrzepkaluthier #Rzepkaguitars
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A customer brought in this Cordoba with a missing section of purfling and binding (thanks to a nasty fall). Luckily I have 0.6mm blood wood and maple veneers on hand.

#guitarrepair #lutherie #whatsonyourbench #tobyrzepkaluthier #Rzepkaguitars

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

There's cocobolo, and there's COCOBOLO!!!

#lutherie #customguitar #classicalguitar #tobyrzepkaguitars #tobyrzepkaluthier #cocobolo #madeinmaine #mainemade #whatsonyourbench
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Theres cocobolo, and theres COCOBOLO!!!

#lutherie #customguitar #classicalguitar #tobyrzepkaguitars #tobyrzepkaluthier #cocobolo #madeinmaine #mainemade #whatsonyourbench

 

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RM Blooms

It looks really nice, I'd like to have a SG like this...

So beautiful!

Cocobolo!

That’s amazing.

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3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Purfling time

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie #rzepkaviols #tobyrzepka #madeinmaine #mainecraft #mainemade
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Purfling time

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #lutherie #rzepkaviols #tobyrzepka #madeinmaine #mainecraft #mainemade

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Looking forward to using this lovely #ziricote set come spring. Beautiful, and taps like a bell

#classicalguitar #customguitar#madeinmaine #tobyrzepkaluthier #Rzepkaguitars #lutherie #tobyrzepka
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Looking forward to using this lovely #ziricote set come spring. Beautiful, and taps like a bell

#classicalguitar #customguitar#madeinmaine #tobyrzepkaluthier #Rzepkaguitars #lutherie #tobyrzepka

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Gluing the belly on this little bass viol

#lutherie #earlymusic #madeinmaine #mainemade #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepka
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Gluing the belly on this little bass viol

#lutherie #earlymusic #madeinmaine #mainemade #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepka

 

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I bet you miss the inside of this baby already!

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Linings on and shaped. Just glued in the label. Time to close up the box.

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #madeinmaine #lutherie #mainecraft #mainemade #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols
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Linings on and shaped. Just glued in the label. Time to close up the box.

#violadagamba #viol #earlymusic #madeinmaine #lutherie #mainecraft #mainemade #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols

 

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Love the label

That’s a weird looking guitar

Nice. Want to see the finished product!

Dude what are you doing!!?? Seriously though, dat cool.

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4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Linen strips soaked in hide glue help reinforce the seams between 'staves' on a bent front viol belly. Bass bar shaped, ready to close up the body

#lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #mainemade #mainecraft #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols
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Linen strips soaked in hide glue help reinforce the seams between staves on a bent front viol belly. Bass bar shaped, ready to close up the body

#lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic #mainemade #mainecraft #violadagamba #viol #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepka #rzepkaviols

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

640mm maple & spruce ready for back linings

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine#lutherie #rzepkaguitars #tobyrzepka
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640mm maple & spruce ready for back linings

#classicalguitar #customguitar #madeinmaine#lutherie #rzepkaguitars #tobyrzepka

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Deflection testing to measure stiffness of the finished sound board at the bridge position

#data #science #classicalguitar #customguitar #rzepkaguitars #lutherie #engineering #tobyrzepka
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Deflection testing to measure stiffness of the finished sound board at the bridge position

#data #science #classicalguitar #customguitar #rzepkaguitars #lutherie #engineering #tobyrzepka

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Trying out this nifty cleat device from @stewmac_guitar on a side crack. The wire goes through the crack and seats the cleat dead center. Pretty good design imho

#handtools #guitarrepair #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepkaguitars #Rzepkaguitars #lutherie #classicalguitar
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Trying out this nifty cleat device from @stewmac_guitar on a side crack. The wire goes through the crack and seats the cleat dead center. Pretty good design imho

#handtools #guitarrepair #tobyrzepkaluthier #tobyrzepkaguitars #Rzepkaguitars #lutherie #classicalguitar

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

My beloved side bending press doing its thing

#classicalguitar #customguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine #mainemade #tobyrzepka #Rzepkaguitars
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My beloved side bending press doing its thing

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

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Rosettes!

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

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

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Rosettes!

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

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

 

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cool photo!

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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 😜

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