Ever hear of a Luthier?

I hadn't either, until I met my neighbor Kevin about a year ago. His shop is right next to my studio. Kevin and I not only share wifi but we also share a deep passion and desire for creating and crafting.

A luthier makes lamp shades from human skin. Just kidding, here is the real definition:

lu·thi·er : [ˈlo͞odēər] / NOUN - a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.

So my neighbor repairs and makes violins, cellos and violas by hand. I thought I was impressive when I made my first batch of craft beer, but this is a whole level of artisan that no Brooklyn hipster could ever touch. I hope you enjoy the pictures and give my friend Kevin a call if you want a custom, handmade cello for Valentine's Day. http://chapinviolins.com

 

using a micro plane to shave imperfections off the back of a cello.

using a micro plane to shave imperfections off the back of a cello.

planing away more material

planing away more material

chiselling away excess wood.

chiselling away excess wood.

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