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Barbara Habel
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If you ever wondered how much "handywork" goes on within a violin "factory" - then here is the answer.

I was surprised to see so many women do the carvings. Does this have practical or economic reasons?
Barbara Habel
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Posted: February 13, 2018
Last Comment: February 13, 2018
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 13, 2018
That's fascinating. And to think I've never met a female luthier in the States. 

I also couldn't help but wonder how many repetitive strain injuries some of them must have. 

Dianne
Posted: February 13, 2018
Hi Barbara, I found this subject interesting, and the only reference to the origin of tone woods in Chinese violins I have found is on this site, which references tone woods north of China aged 20+ years for their top instrument. Interesting to find no mention of Chinese tone woods.

Jim
Posted: February 13, 2018
Could be economical- but I did apply for a company once who told me they didn't want to hire a guy in their design department because they thought women were more attentive to design detail (never mind my experience and degree is in fine art and design). Anyway, that assumption could be international not just U.S.

Dianne
Posted: February 13, 2018
Hi Barbara, I don't know about the factory workers themselves, but the sheer volume of tone woods at just this one location was huge. I hoped the video described more about the origin of the tone woods, and their drying times. Dense European tone woods from certain regions that are well aged are valued, but there are very old tree habitats in China as well. This video gave an idea of how many stringed instruments were being made at just this one location decades ago. Thanks for posting this.