This nineteenth century upright bass had the fingerboard planed so many times that there was little left. The neck was worn on both sides and warped to where it was no longer usable; what you are seeing in the photo is a classic restoration called a neck graft. I included this photo to show the work in it's final stages; the scroll has been grafted to new wood and a new neck carved and fit to the instrument.

Click on photo to see it completed.

This Violoncello neck replacement required that an entirely new neck be carved. I've included this photo of the scroll in an unfinished stage. The white wood is the natural color of maple before it is aged and stained to match the rest of the instrument -partly visible in the background. This is a good example of the carving skills you can expect from the workshop.


A new cello in the final stages of construction. The development of the processes needed to construct a new instrument expands the skill set for the restoration of fine instruments.