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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!



Blog #57:Mandolin Camp North PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:54

Hello all! I am back from Mandolin Camp North.  It was a beautiful weekend, and I made a lot of mandolin pickin friends...

During my time there, I find I am learning more and more about the day in which we live in.  As a maker of master craft instruments, I am caught in between "do it yourself mandolin kit makers" and extremely high end and low end mandolins, which are made for the most part by machines in a highly mechanized fashion.  I will say, I did really like Ben Pierces' mandolins.. a maker I met while I was there at the camp.  I do feel that skill and love is the recipe for an excellent instrument.

I was pleased to see one man's Monteleone mandolin that was made in the same year (1992) that my first signature style mandolin was made.

1992 Monteleone and Macica Mandolins

See the similiarities??  I do feel it is good to respect the masters, and then to artistically express yourself off the perimeter of their work.  The masters being.. Lloyd Loar for mandolins and for violins Stradivarius.

1992 Monteleone and Macica Mandolins

Thank you to Mike Holmes and Phil Zimmerman for a great weekend at Mandolin Camp North!

In workshop, I have applied the color to the violin commission I have been working on and am very pleased with the outcome..  I will Blog soon on this process...

Until next time,


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