At The Shop
A luthier’s workshop has a very unique smell. It’s the smell of many kinds of woods like mahogany, rosewood, ebony, spruce and maple, combined with the smell of glues, epoxies, oils, lacquers, and varnishes. There’s nothing else like it. You’ll also find just about every hand tool under the sun (or so it seems). These come in all shapes and sizes, including tools so small it’s hard to imagine their purpose, that is, until you’ve seen them in a capable luthier’s hands. Clamps, planes, chisels, files, little wrenches, you name it it’s all there.
Last week I paid a visit to my Father’s workshop in Victoria BC and when I walked through the door there was that familiar smell (he’s been in business for forty years). If you’ve been into a place like this you’ll know what I’m talking about but for those of you who may have never been into a workshop like this before here’s a little tour: