Do you know how a luthier works? The construction of instruments is an art that demands time, talent and dedication. A single handmade instrument takes months to be built and, during this process, the art is born.

A luthier's workshop

A luthier’s workshop

In the workshop, the luthier uses many tools to fit each component in its place, each string, each part of the guitar, cavaco or, maybe, mandolin.

There are molds, in different sizes and forms, for each instrument, that, after a long time of work, become artisanal music instruments: cavaquinho, mandolin, nylon guitar, tenor guitar, 7-string-steel guitar.

Some pieces are so delicate that, in order to be fit and shaped with precision, it is necessary to use a magnifying glass. The nut (little piece of bone made out of the shin of the ox) that holds the strings of the instrument, is one of them.

Another frequently used tool in the workshop is the clamp. There are a lot of sizes of clamps and they are helpful to fix the parts of the music instruments.

The handmade construction of instruments, as we see, is an art, and the artist, the luthier, molds, creates, invents and reinvents.

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