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Blog #62:Finished Violin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Saturday, 12 May 2012 15:56

Hello Everyone! These pics have nothing to do with this Blog, but I couldn't resist posting them of my son and our donkey Annie...

Oh're so lovable...

Oh're so huggable....

Oh Annie....we love you.

Okay...on to workshop news...  Another chapter finished in the chronicles of making instruments.  The violin commission is now finished and in the hands of its new owner.  I hope you all enjoyed seeing the process of the violin being made through these blog posts.  Here are some pictures of the finished instrument...Enjoy!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:28
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,





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