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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!


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:48
Blog #58: Varnishing the Violin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Sunday, 22 April 2012 20:24

Blog #58:  Varnishing the Violin

It is a bit rainy and windy here in upstate New York...  its okay though, we needed the rain. I meant to post this blog days ago, but I was having some computer difficulties...all seems to be working well now. In the workshop, I have been working on varnishing the violin.  I like everything to be just right before I apply the first coat of colored varnish.

The color is applied in many thin coats until it comes to a beautiful brown amber with a slight orange hue. Here is the top....

Here is the scroll....

After I finish with the color, I apply the varnish with no color in it.  Next I rub and rub and rub the varnish so that the varnish will have a smooth surface and beautiful transparency.  I am looking for the beauty of the wood that God created to come forth.

"The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness.  The world and those who dwell therein.  For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters"  Psalm 24

I'll post more pictures soon!



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