Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style

Baroque Viola after Grancino

A baroque viola, inspired by the Grancino family, Milano. I have made this model several times before as a modern viola.
A recent client's request for a baroque style viola around 16'' - 406mm, made me decide for this model. The general proportions are wide without hindering the playability. I also make this loosely inspired model on a 'skeleton' mould, which allows me to alter the bout widths, as well as the body length and stop length for different sizes.

The maple back (my favourite Viola sycamore tree from 1994) is a 2 piece, cut on the 'half-slab' showing some broad and 'wilder' figure - quite common to see with Milanese instruments. The hand split spruce front from the Italian Dolomites, showing some nice hazel markings to add interest.

More pictures will come as the viola progresses. Last update: 27th. July

      

skeleton mould with rib structure...
...and jointed back, front and neck block

 

oversize plates ready for arching...
...and the neck block with pilot peg holes ready for carving

 

the front rough arching...
the scroll block transformed

 

the front arched, scraper finished and f-holes drawn
the back arched with partial fluting channel....
....and both plates lined up.

 

the back hollowed...
...and cleaned with scrapers
ribs and back glued, showing the previously nailed baroque neck attached to the top block

 

a bed of spruce shavings
and underneath the front
....and the inside front is scraper finished

 

the back glued to the ribs

showing baroque style neck attachment with forged nails
shaping the bass bar

 

the front glued to the ribs

bass f-hole

front-neck alignment

 

the front with finished outline...
the back outline, ready for purfling inlay
scroll view

 

getting ready with the purfling strips...
the purfling channel on the back
inlaying the C-bout

 

cutting back the fluting channel
the back again
C-bout details with corners

 


making the veneered fingerboard, spruce core, maple sides



the ebony veneer prepared

 


and the varnish ground coat...


...on the scroll

 


some more varnish colour applied

 


and the back

 


...treble side...

...and the front...not quite finished yet - to be continued

 

      

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