One of the questions I often get is how a guitar or lute top is joined using traditional methods. So with hot hide or bone glue.
Well, today fellow guitar maker Joës van Went was at my shop and took some time to film the process.
I learned this technique from Belgian luthier Stijn Kenens, who picked it up at the CMB lutherie school in Puurs. It’s an old method, used by many traditional Spanish makers.
I prefer this method because it’s relatively low tech and doesn’t involve a lot of tooling. Some rope, sticks and wedges, a little cotton tip torch (I fill mine with some old Courvoisier cognac for a better, warmer tone) and hide or bone glue. The purpose of re-heating the glue to make it more liquid and allow the glue joint to be pulled tight. You can also use Titebond, then there is no need for warming up the glue joint.