Concentrate on making a violin

2013-01-02 05:25:49 GMT2013-01-02 13:25:49(Beijing Time)  China Daily
French violin maker Mathias Menanteau is pictured as he inspects a violin in front of his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012. (Photo/Agencies)French violin maker Mathias Menanteau is pictured as he inspects a violin in front of his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012. (Photo/Agencies)
French violin maker Mathias Menanteau uses a hand saw to cut the first turn of the scroll on the neck of a violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)French violin maker Mathias Menanteau uses a hand saw to cut the first turn of the scroll on the neck of a violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)
French violin maker Mathias Menanteau uses a hand saw to cut the first turn of the scroll on the neck of a violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)French violin maker Mathias Menanteau uses a hand saw to cut the first turn of the scroll on the neck of a violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)
Scrolls and an hand saw are seen on the table of French violin maker Mathias Menanteau at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)Scrolls and an hand saw are seen on the table of French violin maker Mathias Menanteau at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)
The name of French violin maker Mathias Menanteau is seen printed in a bridge of the violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)The name of French violin maker Mathias Menanteau is seen printed in a bridge of the violin at his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.(Photo/Agencies)
French violin maker Mathias Menanteau sets a bridge on a violin, at his workshop in downtown Rome.(Photo/Agencies)French violin maker Mathias Menanteau sets a bridge on a violin, at his workshop in downtown Rome.(Photo/Agencies)
Restored violins are displayed in Mathias Menanteau's workshop in downtown Rome .(Photo/Agencies)Restored violins are displayed in Mathias Menanteau's workshop in downtown Rome .(Photo/Agencies)

French violin maker Mathias Menanteau is pictured as he inspects a violin in front of his workshop in downtown Rome December 14, 2012.

Born in France, Menanteau has resided in Britain, Berlin, New York and Paris while honing his skills in making and restoring musical instruments.

Besides following the traditional techniques and methods used by eighteenth-century Italian violin makers to create his own bow instruments, Menanteau also adopts the less rigid, scientific approach of dendrochronology - the science of dating events and changes by observing annual growth rings in timber - when restoring these instruments in his workshop

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