Student creates copy of 17th-century instrument

A STUDENT from West Dean College has completed a copy of 
a 17th-century treble 
viol by English maker William Turner.

Edward Klose, now in his second year at West Dean, brought back drawings and measurements of the heritage treble viol from his study trip to the Orpheon Foundation at Castello di Duino in Italy.

The historic treble viol, which is from the Vazquez Collection of historical instruments, has been modified out of all proportion.

Edward was interested in exploring how the instrument would have looked and played originally, despite its deterioration over the centuries.

Once the treble viol had been constructed, using spruce, maple and English service wood, Edward sanded it down using, firstly, dried dogfish skin, followed by a reed of the horse hair plant.

The next stage was to apply oil ground to seal the wood and, finally, to apply the varnish, made to a West Dean recipe.

Edward said: “I knew I would enjoy the challenge of making a copy of the instrument.”

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