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Blog #56: Varnishing/Mandolin Camp North PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:27

Hello all...A bit windy here in upstate, but the grass is now green and the crab apple tree outside my workshop is beginning to show some blooms..I look forward to warmer weather ahead.  In shop, I'm applying the sealer, which is the first coat in the varnishing process.

The grain will rise, and so I have to sand it down.  Next, I re-apply until everything is smooth.

Now, the violin is smooth and ready for color...

I will begin the color tomorrow now that all is prepared and ready.  Stay tuned....

I also wanted to mention that I am getting ready to go to Mandolin Camp North.
The camp is in Charlton, Mass. from April 13-15.  Feel free to check out the website above.

I will have "the three brothers" mandolins along with me...Look forward to visiting with you all at the camp.  It should be a great weekend!

Until next time,



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 #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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