I have made many instruments but I’m always excited when one is finished
I arrive at my workshop early in the morning. It is located in the centre of Poznań and I run it with my father Antoni and brother Marcin. I make the soundpost and fit the bridge and pegs on a new violin.
Today is an exciting day, as I will hear my new violin played for the first time. I have made many instruments but I’m always excited when one is finished. First I play the violin myself and then I listen to my brother as he plays it. Afterwards we discuss our impressions of how it sounds.
In the morning, the violinist Agata Szymczewska comes into the workshop, as her bow needs rehairing. I close my workshop a little earlier than usual this evening, because I play football with my musician friends every Wednesday.
Today is warm and sunny, so I decide to cook the varnish for my next instruments. I’m doing it in the garden of my parents’ house. First I cook the amber, which smokes a lot and creates a pungent smell, and then I mix it with linseed oil. I have to use protective gloves and a gas mask. The rest of the day is spent on restorations.
I cut the f-holes in the top plate of my copy of a Rugeri violin. I made working plans for this some time ago, from an original instrument that I had in my workshop.
I look through my wood collection to find material for a new cello. For the back plate I choose two pieces of flamed Carpathian maple. I decide on a piece of spruce with quite a wide grain for the top plate. This wood might not be so easy to work on but the final effect after varnishing will be nice. In the evening I attend a concert by the Meccorre Quartet, which is performing as part of the city’s Q’arto Mondi festival. The violist, Michal Bryla, plays an instrument I made in 2011.