Hello all! What's new in the workshop you ask? Lately, it has been all about violins.... On November 12th, I will be meeting with the NWA (Northeast Woodworkers Assoc.) and its members to discuss the upcoming violin course that I will be teaching this winter. Last month, a few luthiers in the area each gave a short presentation to the group about our craft. It went well, and it was great to talk with and give a few demonstrations to those members that have an interest in what I do.
I think the presentation generated some interest as well, for the upcoming course this winter. In the course, I will be teaching the way I have learned to make a violin. I have learned a great deal about violin making in the last 35 years and am looking forward to sharing this knowledge and skill with those that attend the course. This course will be segmented into 12 parts using one of my favorite book resources, "The Secrets of Stradivari" by Simone F. Sacconi. As I think about the course, I am able to reflect on my time on 57th Street in New York City. I remember my apprenticeship with some of the great makers I had the privilege of studying under, and how they taught me to understand the standard of making a fine violin. I am grateful to have the opportunity to pass this standard on to those whom are willing to learn.
Here is a list of the 12 segments or parts of the upcoming course:
1. The outline of the instrument and its sides
2. Shaping the back and the top of the instrument
3. The thickness of the top and back
4. The positioning and cutting of the f holes
5. The bass bar and closing the sound box
6. Purfling and overhang-final touches to the borders
7. The carving of the scroll
8. Neck, fingerboard-modern fittings
9. Finishing touches-sealer
11. Cutting bridge, fitting pegs
12. Set-up of instrument
Other news in the shop.... Bouzouki is almost finished! Pictures of the finishing process coming soon....
Until next time,