Have you ever wondered who makes the world’s stringed instrument bridges, and how? In this gallery, we follow the process from tree trunk to blank bridge

Contrary to popular belief among instrument players, your local luthier is unlikely to have made your bridge from scratch. Most will have been given their basic shape by one of a handful of manufacturers worldwide, including Aubert Lutherie and Chevalets Despiau in France, and Josef Teller and Milo Stamm in Germany. These bridges are then shipped to luthiers worldwide, tailored locally and name stamped. Pauline Harding visited Aubert Lutherie in Mirecourt to find out how the process begins

This article was first published in the Accessories 2015 supplement