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What's currently happening on my workbench
In the following posts, you can learn and see what is currently happening in the workshop of Thomas Brenneur. Making of news instruments, exhibitions, the general news etc...

Emptying baroque violin plates
Monday, February 21 2011 00:00

The baroque violin plates have been carved. The purfling has been inserted and the arching has been carved in the style of Andrea Amati. I am now emptying them before putting them to thickness and tuning the back and front plates. 


The viola has been sold
Saturday, December 04 2010 00:00

The viola has been sold. Congratulation to you Lisa ! 

The viola has been sold

Innovative musical instruments exhibition
Wednesday, November 24 2010 00:00

I just received the news that the my electro-acoustic violin has been selected for the "Mutation - Matière - Son" Innovative musical instrument exhibition. This event is scheduled for September 2011 in Quebec city in the Centre Matéria.

5 strings electro-acoustic violin

If you want to listen to this instrument,here are a few samples played by Anit Ghosh.

Baroque violin making
Thursday, November 11 2010 00:00

The baroque violin is taking shape. The head is completely carved, the sides are done, and I started to prepare the top and bottom. Next step: doing the rough carving of the top and bottom. As this violin is based on the Andrea Amati c.1566 small violin, I will have to study Andrea Amati's arching carefully before carving it. 

Baroque violin making

Baroque violin parts
Wednesday, August 25 2010 00:00

I have collected the dimensions and other specifications for this baroque violin. I am now starting to build it. The wood has been selected, the templates and form are done. I have also prepared the ribs and started the neck and scroll. Next step: making the rib garland.


Baroque violin parts

My next instrument
Monday, June 07 2010 00:00

The next instrument that I am starting to work on is a baroque violin, inspired from a smaller (body length of 341mm) violin made by Andrea Amati in 1566. You can see a picture of it below. In this picture the instrument has been set-up as a moden instrument, but the instrument that I am going to make will have a complete baroque set-up with gut strings, fingerboard and tailpiece made out of pear-wood and pegs made from boxwood.


Andrea Amati violin 1566c

Montreal violin making exhibition
Monday, May 31 2010 00:00

This week end there was a violin making exhibition in Montreal. It was a nice event and I was able to meet many other local makers (from montreal and around) and musiciens who came to try the instruments. You can see more pictures of the exhibition here.


Montreal violin making exhibition


Violin making exhibition
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