Edging repairs to an unlabelled European violin
This violin arrived as a restoration project with a variety of ailments...! Removal of the front revealed that the purfling channel was very deep. This puts the edges of the violin at greater risk of damage due to the wood underneath the purfling channel being too thin and therefore more likely to snap. The recommended repair here is to plane the edges to half thickness and splice in new wood underneath to reinforce the purfling channel without altering the appearance of the violin.
There were two areas of edging where the purfling channel had been cut all the way through the front which required doubling - the upper bass side and lower treble side. The lower bass side edge was also particularly worn therefore we decided to also splice on a new edge piece. The new pieces of wood were chosen from spruce which matched the grain lines of the violin front, then split and planed roughly to size before being glued on. Final shaping was done in place.
Varnish matching will be done after the front has been glued back on.
Completed edging repairs, prior to the front being glued back on.