photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
This photograph from the 1940s shows violin maker Kitty Smith (1912-2005) with a violin clamped together during the gluing process. Kitty said:
A violin has 72 parts, joined only by glue. The table weighs only approximately 2 ¾ ounces. However because of its shape it can support a pressure of 60 pounds at the bridge when the strings are tuned to concert pitch, and even more weight is supported when the pressure of the bow is added.
This is one of a series of photographic prints given to the Museum when we purchased a string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) made by Kitty Smith.
Post by Lynne McNairn
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