During apprenticeship the traditional craft is learned by means of our apprentices' project, the autonomous building of a replica of a Silbermann bentside spinet (1767)
The instrument has a spruce baseboard with oak angles which require various box and tenon joints. Bases of oak and spruce for the soundboard are inserted into these angles.
The oak walls are veneered with hand sawn walnut.
The soundboard is made of fine grain hazel spruce and is planed to a thickness of 2.5 to 3.5 mm before being inserted and applied with ribs and bridges.
The keyboard is constructed following Dom Bedos, then cut from a board of linden and applied with ebony, blackened pear, and bone.
The jacks are made of pear with tongues of maple, the traditional spring is an inserted pig bristle.
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