Unser Londoner Freund und Kollege Andreas Hudelmayer hat folgenden Bericht für das STRAD Magazin über das Fertans-Meeting 2011 geschrieben:
"We informally exchange techniques and admire each other’s tools. In addition, there’s a 15-minute slot for each luthier to present something of interest to the rest of the group. This again reminds me of how many approaches there can be to the same challenge. Thomas Bertrand’s presentation of Denis’s system of practical, proportion-based arching is complemented by Torbjörn Zethelius’s method of developing the arching from the inside. Hampel provides a third approach to arching with his use of a standard computer drawing program to gain usable templates from distorted plates by adjusting the height of the cross and long arches.
I’M PARTICULARLY INTRIGUED by Luca Primon’s thoughts on the acoustic effect of the nails that hold the neck on a Baroque violin. His suggestion that the extra weight at this point has a positive effect on the sound is something I plan to experiment with for myself.
Each day the work is interrupted by what is described as a light lunch, but which turns out to be a three-course feast, courtesy of Michaud. More food seems almost superfluous, but nonetheless in the evening we take turns to cook, relaxing after a day’s work with fabulous meals from different regions and plenty of French wine.
Of course, it’s a stimulating, fun week. But it’s also an exciting reminder of how many accomplished, skilled makers there are in Europe, and how much knowledge there is between us. I go home with new inspiration, some specific ideas to try out, and, oh, a few bottles of wine!"
Text: © Andreas Hudelmayer, London, 2011, www.hudelmayer.com
Foto: © Bernard Michaud, Fertans 2011, www.bois-lutherie.com