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Violin Bridge Grain Direction for Inquisitive Minds
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27955AAF-7670-414F-B9A9-87AAF35C5354.jpegImage EnlargerI fortunately live in sugar maple country so getting logs for quarter sawing is not a problem.  I had no clue as to the proper orientation of the bridge, and I searched until I came upon this useful illustration.  Note that the feet reside on the side closest to the bark.  

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Neat!  You know it would seem like the bridge would be rotated clockwise so the wood grain goes down through it to the top of the violin.  Just looking at it and not knowing how vibrations are affected by the growth rings or violin making.  Does it have something to do with keeping it from splitting under tension?

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I just purchased some quarter sawn oak to practice on.  

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I was always wondering... thanks for this

if the bridge was rotated 90 degrees the strings would split the bridge 

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