Last update, April 20, 2011
Antonio Stradivari (Tony, for short),
my apprentice. So far he's only
really good at spreading sawdust and
wood chips around the house!
Violin, 'Daniel', Assembled May 10, 2010
This is perhaps the most exciting stage in the creation of a new instrument . . .
the pegs are fitted . . . the bridge carved . . .
the violin is strung up and ready for its first playing . . . in the ‘white’. It’s also a little scary . . .
what will it sound like??|
In this particular case, I’m delighted . . . (and a little bit relieved!) . . .
the tone is big, mellow and even over all four strings! Next comes the varnishing . . .
| . . . after 3 coats of clear varnish
the frist coat of 'red madder' is applied . . .||
Go here to see the completed 'Daniel'
Creating a new mold
The mold for my favorite violin pattern, the "Kreisler del Gesu" has served me well over the years . . .
but now is showing signs of old age . . . so it's time for a new one . . .
I'm building a viola for a very special person, my
grandniece, Maggie . . . a high school junior and talented young musician!
Here I'm removing the ribs from the mold . . .
Cutting out and carving the scroll . . .
for her new viola . .
August 30, 2010
. . . the nearly completed scroll and neck with
fingerboard tacked on . . .
Carving the 'button' . . .
September 13, 2010
After 3 coats of clear varnish,
Maggie takes advantage of the Nevada sun!
September 15, 2010
. . . once the clear varnish dries, it's time to add the first
coat of color . . .
Go here to see the completed 'Maggie'