Woodworms? Help!

Edited: March 13, 2018, 3:18 AM · Hello guys.

I have been away for 2 weeks, which meant no violin playing. Upon returning home and opening my box, i am greeted by a fingerboard with a very small circular hole. I am pretty sure this was not there before.

Could this be a feared case of woodworms?? I cant see accumulation of wooden dust anywhere.

Thanks in advance!


Replies (10)

March 13, 2018, 3:57 AM · It sounds like a good time to visit your luthier!
March 13, 2018, 2:43 PM · But tell him/her in advance so that they can meet you outside!
March 13, 2018, 3:50 PM · Aw man, my poor violin...
March 13, 2018, 4:07 PM · Ebony is not supposed to be a wood of preference for woodworms. I doubt that is the case.
March 13, 2018, 4:30 PM · I have fingerboards with worm holes in them, used and new. Perhaps boring insects do not prefer ebony, but a free meal is a free meal!
March 19, 2018, 11:34 AM · Ash is the food of choice
Edited: March 19, 2018, 1:28 PM · I don't know if this is true, but here it is: http://www.masterhandviolin.com/Blog19.html

First thing I would do would be to get rid of my case or at least get it out of the house until I'm sure that it was not wood worm. It does appear to be very symmetricial WRT the fingerboard. Must be the Leonardo of Woodworm larvae!

Next I would follow instructions in the link and be sure my T&H are in the recommended zone. Then, unless I could get to my luthier very soon, I would seal my violin in a clear plastic bag (at the recommended T&H( and "keep an eye on it."

If woodworms eat wood, would they leave wood dust or would they leave wood poop or do they just digest everything?

March 19, 2018, 3:16 PM · They are not like termites. My understanding is that they have 3 phases
1. enter the wood
2. dormant - gestation?
3. exit
Not sure if the most of the damage is visible during entry.... more likely that extensive damage happens during the 2nd and 3rd phase. I stand to be corrected by a specialist.
March 19, 2018, 6:59 PM · Boring insects would not go for top grade Gabon ebony, specially with all that delicious (and non-harmful to them) maple and spruce right there.

But fingerboards are made of all kinds and all grades of ebony...

March 19, 2018, 7:06 PM · On one hand you have been very unlucky. On another hand, the infested part is one of the few removeable in the violin. I would not hesitate of asking a luthier or wood expert to remove the ebony from the fingerboard and ask a luthier to put another one.
Also, removing the fingerboard and dissecting it will tell you, from the tunnels and bores, which species did it and its life cycle. From that you may take action regarding the violin, and your house.

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