Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: Thanks, and a question (long)

William Duffield
Ed Wright, Master Harpsichord Maker at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation gave a presentation at a SAPFM meeting last November describing his process for gluing down sawn veneers to curved substrates using hot hide glue. His methods, often using wet linen cloth to cover the hammered veneer while the glue set, are similar to yours. I wish I had taken better notes, as he described lots of checking of progress and modifying of conditions depending on the progress of the tack. He did note that with modern dry atmospheric conditions the linen cloth still dried too quickly, before the bond was complete. Sometimes he had to resort to increasing the humidity of the atmosphere by turning the piece over and laying it on the ground or burying it in sawdust and shavings.

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