Gamba Family Violin family Restorings Atelier

After having traced the instrument's contour on a plywood board, I studied its subdivision which I based on the converging of the strips, but I want to point out that not all originals are built this way: in some of them, in fact, the stripsf sides are parallel.
On the right side here, you can find the initial measurements I employed for the strips.

It is wise to plane all surfaces accurately, to prevent easy invitations to possible cracks. The temperature of the side bender is critical, and it must be found through experience. Spruce bends easily when wet, but at this thickness it does not bend gradually, rather it gives abruptly, so be careful to graduate your strength.

Bending the first strip should not be a problem: follow the desired profile, keeping the maximum height about 4-5 mm more than planned, because later we will remove some wood. The only bends on the outer face are to be done close to the neck and heel block. The reason for these is to provide flat surfaces for gluing, but most of all a solid edge at the end of the carving.


Strip n. 1 (middle):
thickness 8 mm
length 72 cm
width of major base 12.5 cm
width of minor base 9 cm

Strips n. 2 and 3 (inner lateral):
thickness 7 mm
length 72 mm
width of major base 12.5 cm
width of minor base 9 cm

Strips n. 4 and 5 (outer lateral):
I suggest using scrap pieces left from quarter sawing, and carve them from full thickness. However possible to obtain these two strips by bending, I do not deem it practical, as areas that are traditionally left suppler than the rest would be made very rigid with a bent construction.