The Return of the Working Glue Pot

It might not be pretty but this is one of the most cherished tools in my workshop.  I use traditional hot hide glue for my builds which require a glue pot holding the glue at 140F.  Hot hide glue is fantastic for so many reasons I would be typing here for hours.

A few of my favorites:

  • Hot hide glue is reversible making later repairs a much simpler! even decades or centuries later!
  • Hot hide glue hardens to a crystalline structure which I believe makes for better tone then modern plasticized glues.
  • Hot hide glue does not "creep" like modern plasticized glues.
  • It is easy to clean up with warm water.
  • It can be glued into itself making later repairs even easier!
  • It is time tested on instruments; having been used for centuries.

So why the title "The Return of the Working Glue Pot"?  The heat element in mine required replacement last week after years of service.  My glue pot is fantastic!  It was made in Chicago, Il., USA and the manufacturer stocks repair parts and stands behind their work.  So with an easy fix I am back in the "hot glue business"!  Now to catch up on my week without my glue pot working, whew!