Dear Customers ,

Our workshop is currently in the process of moving from the 23rd of April to the 17th of May. Therefore it won't be easy for us to satisfy all of your requests on this period, though we will try hard, and our communication tools will be momentarily interrupted from the 5th to the 17th of May.
For any quiery during this time, please use e-mail as a mean of contact. Our activities will gradually resume throuought the month of May.

Thank you for understanding,

Raphaël Thirion

CARVED FITTINGS

trefle In the time Stradivarius (1644-1737), there were instruments adorned with sculptures, marquetry, ivory purflings or mother of pearl.
One hundred years later, Vuillaume lives in a totally different cultural environment: the beginning of the industrial era. Virtuosos challenges of Paganini, Victorian severity swept away ornaments and frills and flounces of the Baroque world.
This great French luthier, genius copyist, inventor, industrial precursor, has seen in his studio many Stradivarius instruments. So he sacrifices to the memory of his master the decoration of carved pegs and tailpieces, which are found today on the finest violinists of the XVIII century, Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri ...
For this reason he uses patterns to the  taste of his time: rosebud, Fleur-de-lis, acanthus leaves and shell!

A tuxedo for Stradivarius: the carved pieces ... 

Bois d'Harmonie carved fittings


Bois d'Harmonie carved pegs

What could be more ordinary than a peg? This system is as simple as it's brilliant... An auto-locking shank, a plate to adjust the tension between the thumb and forefinger. The origin of pegs is simple ... Reaching the rightest tune has been his only contribution to the singing of the violin for 400 years. When the popular instrument started to reach highest levels, he finally reigned on classical music. It then got adorned with the insignia of his class.

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Fleur-de-lis peg

 

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Maiden peg

 

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Vuillaume peg

 

Bois d'Harmonie carved tailpieces

To comply with the violin and acoustic capabilities of the violin, the tailpiece is the only location  where the player can leave his mark, including his initials or symbol.

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Messiah tailpiece

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Floral border tailpiece

 
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« Flute player » tailpiece

 

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« St Cecile » tailpiece

 
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« St Marc » tailpiece

 

 


Bois d'Harmonie carved chinrests

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Fleur-de-lis chinrest

 

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Flower pattern chinrest

 

Buttons carved Bois d'Harmonie

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Fleur-de-lis endbutton

 

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Shell endbutton

 

Technical Notes

These parts are mostly made of boxwood, but can also be done in Ebony. A judicious choice will be dictated by the style of the instrument itself, as well as the color of the varnish.