Compliment to the hands

This short video is about a well known Croatian violin maker Ivan Hus (1898 – 1992). The video doesn’t go into any great detail, except that it shows how once upon a time one made a violin. Ok, maybe that’s a little unfair as the process hasn’t changed for those still working by hand. His tools are not shiny, his hand plane is full of worm holes yet fully functional. The film was made in Croatia in 1967. When looking at the film, I initially thought it was in the 1920s.

There are still small pockets in the world who continue to practice woodworking by hand, but sadly the rest of the world has abandoned this and moved towards robotic woodworking through CNC machining and what not. The mighty dollar seems to always take precedence over what truly holds value. Without getting too philosophical, I will abandon what I intended to say and allow you to watch the video. If by the end of the video you feel what I felt, then you’ll know what I wanted to say.

2 thoughts on “Compliment to the hands

  1. Nice video. I can see the appeal of making musical instruments. Had I to redo my life and couldn’t choose my current profession, a luthier is one of the top choices for consideration.

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    1. I agree but the level accuracy and cleanliness in your work would be insane. They accomplish many of these things by way of machinery except for violin makers. For me it would be a very challenging project.

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