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Acousticians and engineers have been drawn into the field of instrument making and contributed valuable insights. Experience with a myriad of different wood species, wood treatments, variations with measurements of all components make it evident, that no single factor can be understood out of context. Sibylle conceives the structure of the instrument with a system in mind. She takes note of all denominators from materials, arching, ground and varnish making to fitting up.

Sharing a workshop with husband Greg Walke, both benefit from experience and observations. While Sibylle and Greg stock European tone wood, they have grown to like a light but tough Engelman/ white spruce cross from British Columbia. They also scour the local sawmills for clean homogenous red maple.

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