Workbench Archive: Purfling


Purfling is the decorative inlay on violins. Purfling highlights the edges of the instrument and the outline. It also reinforces the top’s edge against small cracks that run with the grain. The total width of the purfling as well as the width fo the individual strips...
Posted by Michael Doran on September 25, 2010

Making Purfling

Purfling is decorative inlay. On violins it is the little black and white line that runs around the edge of the top and the back. Purfling is made from three pieces of wood sandwiched together to make a black-white-black pattern. A very small channel is cut parallel to...
Posted by Michael Doran on December 23, 2009