Occasionally an instrument comes to us after an accident of some sort and, not unlike surgeons, it’s our workshop’s job to bring it back to good health. The work is meticulous and requires a clear path of action, flexibility and good judgment, and a great deal of patience. A good restorer is often also an artist and an inventor, channeling the style of the maker and creating new tools, fixtures, and jigs along the way to solve a repair.
Last Fall, a violin by John Wilkinson arrived in our workshop after an accidental impact cracked it open in multiple spots. Below is a photo journey of the instrument’s restoration with violin-maker and restorer, Sam Payton.