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Blog #55: A Visit With Paul Sellers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 15:44


I recently had the pleasure of having my friend and fellow craftsman Paul Sellers in the shop for a visit.  I am so glad that he can feel at rest when he comes and enjoys another mans' craft.

He is an encouragement to me in his approach to being a craftsman and artisan.  Its not about money and status with him, but about a man and his craft.  We had a great time talking and sharing...

Thank you Paul.. you are always welcome....

If you get a chance, please visit Paul Sellers Blog Post about our time together...(click this link)

Until next time,



Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:28
Blog #54: Cleaning Up Edges, Shaping PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 07:58

Good Morning!  I was hoping the weather would warm up soon, but I will say it hasn't been too bad.. I've been getting a lot of odds and ends done around our land which has been nice.

In the shop, I have been cleaning up the edges and rounding them off.

I do a lot of scraping and using the file to bring everything to its finished state before varnishing. I plan to start the varnishing this week.

Shaping the neck can take a long time because you want it to be just right.

I will have some pics for you all to see of the violin in the white, just before I varnish.  I'm glad I can share the making of the violin with you all.

Take Care,



Blog #53: Putting in the Neck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 07:28

Putting in the Neck:

Hello all...  A good morning to you!  I like to get up early and start work in the shop.  I love to watch the beautiful sunrise outside my shop door.. It makes me think of Proverbs 4:18...


Well, progress is coming along just fine on the violin I am working on..  The neck is now glued in.  Everything is starting to take shape.

Taking Shape

I glue the violin neck in first thing in the morning.  It takes a lot of concentration to make sure all the angles are right.

Glueing the Neck

I'll spend the next day or two finishing out the edges and shaping the neck.  Meanwhile, I will prepare the varnish, so it will be ready when it is time for that process.

Preparing Varnish

Enjoy your week! I will write again soon..


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