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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!

Neck carvin' time

#classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #madeinmaine #customguitar
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Neck carvin time

#classicalguitar #lutherie #handtools #madeinmaine #customguitar

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

2 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!

2 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 πŸ™‚. 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 πŸ™‚. 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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2 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?

2 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

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Removing anything that's not a heel #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Removing anything thats not a heel #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Playing around with bracing #lutherie #joinery #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Playing around with bracing #lutherie #joinery #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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Interesting! Why using a lateral reinforcement when the whole pulling force of strings is longitudinal? I guess this bracing will enhance treble, but not sure for the bass πŸ™‚ good luck

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Chop chop chop #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Chop chop chop #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

I like to leave interior work 'off the chisel' on my guitars, without using abrasives to erase subtle tool marking. A little bit of the old school aesthetic in a craft that has veered away from the handmade, the human, the organic (unlike bowed strings where a good tool mark is appreciated!) #handtools #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

I like to leave interior work off the chisel on my guitars, without using abrasives to erase subtle tool marking. A little bit of the old school aesthetic in a craft that has veered away from the handmade, the human, the organic (unlike bowed strings where a good tool mark is appreciated!) #handtools #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Deflection testing guitar tops, measuring stiffness at the bridge position after thicknessing. This will inform the bracing choices for each guitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Deflection testing guitar tops, measuring stiffness at the bridge position after thicknessing. This will inform the bracing choices for each guitar #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

 

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Physics + lutherie = <3

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Lovely flamed maple back for the Jaye bass viol, freshly joined #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic ... See MoreSee Less

Lovely flamed maple back for the Jaye bass viol, freshly joined #violadagamba #lutherie #madeinmaine #earlymusic

 

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Love these elegant low-tech clamps.

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Nigra, latifolia, melanoxylon--three lovely species of dalbergia. Like children, I love them all equally! ... See MoreSee Less

Nigra, latifolia, melanoxylon--three lovely species of dalbergia. Like children, I love them all equally!

 

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Braz, indian, and African πŸ˜€

But not equally to your real children

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Pulling wood and templates for a small bass viol after Henry Jaye, 1624. Bent front. Gonna be a fun one! #earlymusic #violadagamba #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

Pulling wood and templates for a small bass viol after Henry Jaye, 1624. Bent front. Gonna be a fun one! #earlymusic #violadagamba #lutherie

 

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Excellent! Have fun with it... πŸ™‚

Think Kessler did bent fronts too.

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Camatillo looking fine in the midday sun--more pics coming soon! #camatillo #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Camatillo looking fine in the midday sun--more pics coming soon! #camatillo #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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Quite beautiful. I would like to know their cost, please, thank you.

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Bridges bridges bridges #brazilianrosewood #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

This is gonna be a fun one to French polish #camatillo #flamedmaple #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

This is gonna be a fun one to French polish #camatillo #flamedmaple #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Shellac dissolving in the afternoon sun #frenchpolish #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Shellac dissolving in the afternoon sun #frenchpolish #lutherie #classicalguitar #madeinmaine

 

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That's a STIFF drink

4 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

640mm African blackwood and European spruce, ready for French polish! ... See MoreSee Less

640mm African blackwood and European spruce, ready for French polish!

 

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Ceri Faas

Specatular!

Hmm.. I wonder whose guitar this is going to be?

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5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Steve Connor used to call this jig the 'magic stick.' Just a board with 3 nubs at the 1st fret, 12th fret and saddle position. When the fingerboard is done being shaped, all three should be making contact. This ensures correct action and string height at the saddle. #jigs #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar ... See MoreSee Less

Steve Connor used to call this jig the magic stick. Just a board with 3 nubs at the 1st fret, 12th fret and saddle position. When the fingerboard is done being shaped, all three should be making contact. This ensures  correct action and string height at the saddle. #jigs #lutherie #madeinmaine #classicalguitar

 

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Steve Connor has some good turns of phrase! Miss those guys!

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

I always like maple bindings on a guitar with sapwood on the back--the light colors complement each other neatly. #camatillo #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

I always like maple bindings on a guitar with sapwood on the back--the light colors complement each other neatly. #camatillo #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Planing down bindings on this European spruce & Indian rosewood guitar--bindings are flamed maple with bloodwood, maple and dyed (black) Poplar purfling to match the rosette. #lutherie #classicalguitar #handtools #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Planing down bindings on this European spruce & Indian rosewood guitar--bindings are flamed maple with bloodwood, maple and dyed (black) Poplar purfling to match the rosette. #lutherie #classicalguitar #handtools #madeinmaine

5 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Just love the tight flame on these European maple bindings...this wood came from the deep woods of Poland, my ancestral homeland πŸ™‚ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡±. #flamedmaple #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie ... See MoreSee Less

Just love the tight flame on these European maple bindings...this wood came from the deep woods of Poland, my ancestral homeland πŸ™‚ πŸ‡΅πŸ‡±. #flamedmaple #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

This thin Indian rosewood back is braced with light, stiff spruce bracing in a very strong formation. It'll soon be joined to its very lightweight (but stiff) laminated rib structure with a fan braced spruce top. I'm going for a refined, lute-like quality here--plucky, plummy, and crystal clear. #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #indianrosewood ... See MoreSee Less

This thin Indian rosewood back is braced with light, stiff spruce bracing in a very strong formation. Itll soon be joined to its very lightweight (but stiff) laminated rib structure with a fan braced spruce top. Im going for a refined, lute-like quality here--plucky, plummy, and crystal clear. #classicalguitar #madeinmaine #lutherie #indianrosewood

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Cutting a mortise for the heel on this elevated fingerboard model--always a fun step. I've been meaning to make a router jig for this step for years, but the old fashioned way is so much more satisfying (though slower of course). #lutherie #madeinmaine #joinery #classicalguitar ... See MoreSee Less

Cutting a mortise for the heel on this elevated fingerboard model--always a fun step. Ive been meaning to make a router jig for this step for years, but the old fashioned way is so much more satisfying (though slower of course). #lutherie #madeinmaine #joinery #classicalguitar

 

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Is getting an elevated fingerboard still an option for me?

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Back braces gluing up in the vacuum press. The press puts steady pressure on these scalloped struts, allowing me to pre-shape the braces rather than carving them after the fact. Also avoids marring from clamps or go-bars, or having to use cauls. #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine ... See MoreSee Less

Back braces gluing up in the vacuum press. The press puts steady pressure on these scalloped struts, allowing me to pre-shape the braces rather than carving them after the fact. Also avoids marring from clamps or go-bars, or having to use cauls. #classicalguitar #lutherie #madeinmaine

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Hard to do it justice in a photo, but...camatillo rosewood is rapidly winning my heart, both aesthetically and acoustically. This back will join an x-braced cedar top and and elevated fingerboard and will be making the rounds at 2018 guitar festivals. Unless it sells before then. πŸ™‚ #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #camatillo ... See MoreSee Less

Hard to do it justice in a photo, but...camatillo rosewood is rapidly winning my heart, both aesthetically and acoustically. This back will join an x-braced cedar top and and elevated fingerboard and will be making the rounds at 2018 guitar festivals. Unless it sells before then. πŸ™‚ #madeinmaine #classicalguitar #lutherie #camatillo

 

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Gorgeous grain!

6 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

About to close up this spruce /African blackwood guitar. Using my 3x3 'lattice' bracing with a bridge bar to tighten up the attack. ... See MoreSee Less

About to close up this spruce /African blackwood guitar. Using my 3x3 lattice bracing with a bridge bar to tighten up the attack.

 

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Someone is going to be very happy with that beautiful instument! 😁

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