The town of Foligno has been famous for its tradition of organ manufacturing as far back as the late middle ages. Today, Andrea, Barbara and Claudio Pinchi continue their grandfather’s and father’s craft of organ manufacture and restoration, along with a small cadre of specialized artisans.
The finest and hardest wood is used, and strangely, boxwood is the wood they prefer for its tight grain, finding it wild in the hills above Foligno. The wood is cut in the dark of night, on a crescent moon… Even though Italians are a superstitious lot, we are told that it has a great deal to do with the grain of the wood being optimal at this time.
Any owner of a boxwood plant knows that it grows incredibly slowly. Perhaps that is one of the tests of great wood. We are told that keyboards 400 years old often can show little signs of wear. Strangely, only organ builders use boxwood; it is not sought by any other craft.
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Thanks to Andrea and Barbara Pinchi, www.pinchi.com/ars