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Images: Behind the scenes with luthier Martin Brunkalla

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  • Brunkalla tests the sound from a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla tests the sound from a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Every piece is made from scratch.

       Every piece is made from scratch.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound post of a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound post of a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla puts a violin to the test during repairs.

       Brunkalla puts a violin to the test during repairs.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.

       Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.

       Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Some of the tools that Brunkalla uses to make custom string instruments at his Marengo home.

       Some of the tools that Brunkalla uses to make custom string instruments at his Marengo home.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A violin made from 50,000 year old kauri wood from New Zealand. The wood was milled from one of the most ancient tree species in the world, which had a diameter of more than 24 feet and was pulled from a bog.

       A violin made from 50,000 year old kauri wood from New Zealand. The wood was milled from one of the most ancient tree species in the world, which had a diameter of more than 24 feet and was pulled from a bog.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Brunkalla tag on one of his custom instruments.

       The Brunkalla tag on one of his custom instruments.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla plays one of his handmade dulcimers in his Marengo workshop.

       Brunkalla plays one of his handmade dulcimers in his Marengo workshop.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound of a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound of a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla estimates it takes about 33 hours for him to make one of his custom bows.

       Brunkalla estimates it takes about 33 hours for him to make one of his custom bows.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla tests a violin that he repaired in his Marengo workshop.

       Brunkalla tests a violin that he repaired in his Marengo workshop.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.

       Brunkalla's workshop is lined with instruments in different phases of completion.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla cuts a new sound post for a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla cuts a new sound post for a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound of a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla makes adjustments to the sound of a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla tries to keep the humidity of the workshop in a very defined range.

       Brunkalla tries to keep the humidity of the workshop in a very defined range.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Martin Brunkalla looks over plans at his workshop in his Marengo home.

       Martin Brunkalla looks over plans at his workshop in his Marengo home.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla says that of the violins that he has made, this one, his first, is still his favorite.

       Brunkalla says that of the violins that he has made, this one, his first, is still his favorite.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla checks to make sure the sound post is in the correct place on a violin that was brought in for repair.

       Brunkalla checks to make sure the sound post is in the correct place on a violin that was brought in for repair.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • A violin made from 50,000 year old kauri wood from New Zealand. The wood was milled from one of the most ancient tree species in the world, which had a diameter of more than 24 feet and was pulled from a bog.

       A violin made from 50,000 year old kauri wood from New Zealand. The wood was milled from one of the most ancient tree species in the world, which had a diameter of more than 24 feet and was pulled from a bog.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brunkalla plays one of his handmade dulcimers in his workshop.

       Brunkalla plays one of his handmade dulcimers in his workshop.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

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