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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!

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

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 weeks 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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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

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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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

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

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!

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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2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

2 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

Rosettes!

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

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

2 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!

3 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 😜

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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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That is a very large African Blackwood. Looks fabulous!

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

Thats already a work of art

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3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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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That one all the way to the right 😍

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

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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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Are you on Lake Time in that photo?

Fluffy shavings!!

3 months ago

Toby Rzepka, Luthier

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! Hope you enjoyed Venice 🙂

Happy birthday, Toby!

Happy Birthday, Toby!

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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4 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!

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