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Blog #61: Finishing Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:11

Hello all! We had a beautiful weekend here!  Some friends of ours put on a Cinco de Mayo Bluegrass Concert at their home on Saturday evening...  Justus Waldron (a member of the bluegrass group, "Dymond Road") was playing one of my A-style Macica Mandolins that he purchased last year.  Great music, very tasty mexican food and many laughs with our treasured friends..  a great time by all!

In the shop, I finished and fit the bridge..

Put the label and post in....

The pegs are fit and the button is in....

And now the last thing is to put the strings on..  I like to keep it set up for a little while and let it settle in..  My next blog will have the "finished" pics...  Until next time,


Blog #60:Pegs, Notches and Bridge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 08:54

Greetings from the workshop!  Well, I am very close to finishing the violin I have been working on.  The varnish is completed and I now move on to some very important fine details.  Some of these details include: drilling the holes for the pegs,

cutting into the lower block for the saddle and cutting notches for the f holes.

I like these lines to be crisp.  This is why I do these after the varnish is on, so the varnish does not heap into these areas and cause dis-coloration.  These fine details can be very intense, because you cannot make a mistake.  Last of all, I'll be cutting the bridge and setting it up.

It is exciting to soon see and hear the finished fine instrument...

I will write again on setting up the violin and pictures of the finished instrument.

Take Care,





Blog #59: The Violin Fingerboard PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:30

This morning I noticed a new family of swallows. They made their nest right outside our kitchen window.  Here is the father...

I have been working on putting on the saddle for the tailpiece to rest on, as well as shaping the fingerboard.  I have been carving out the underneath of it so there is no excess weight.

I already shaped the top of the fingerboard when I had it tacked on in the white.  It has a sustained radius of 45mm.  I try to keep in mind the ease of position change for the player.  I then glue it on using hot Hyde glue.

This glue is real excellent because it creates a vacuum as it cools and makes for a very tight joint.

That's all for now.... Enjoy the weekend!


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