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Blog #44-Progress on the Violin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:45

Blog #44:  Progress on the Violin

Hello all! Well, we are getting some of the very few snowfalls we have had this winter.  It has been a very mild winter here in upstate New York.  I have been very busy working on a violin commission. The progress is going well.  It just goes to show that working with hand tools can be very efficient.

Here you are able to see the makings of a new, handmade violin thus far...

carving the top

marking the edge

marking the border

preparing the lining



Blog #43: Starting the Violin/Scroll PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:18

Blog #43:  Starting the Violin/Scroll

Today I started my next commission..a violin.  I picked out the wood with the customer last week.  I like the choice of wood; a one piece back with a European Spruce top.  I got a good start on the day..  I glued the block onto the mold and made some progress on the scroll.  I think I have made at least 8 violins on this particular mold.  It is a Strad pattern.  I do love making is so rooted in the Renaissance where it is workmanship and craft as well as art.

Enjoy the pics.


carving the outline


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 14:14
Blog #42: Joe Val Festival 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty   
Monday, 20 February 2012 18:48

Blog #42:  Joe Val Festival 2012

Well, here we are back in New York from the Joe Val Festival in Framingham, Mass.  We are always glad to be back home after being away for any length of time.. I guess its true when they say, "Home is where the heart is".   I felt things went real well at the festival, and I was able to meet a lot of great mandolin players.  I really like the Joe Val Festival for many reasons, but one thing is the size..  This festival has a intimacy about it, where you can really get to know the people and the players.  It is also very well organized and well hats off to the staff and volunteers!  Although I am at my booth for most of the festival, I was able to see a few bands that I really of my favorite bluegrass groups being Blue Highway...

My family also really enjoyed, The Josh Williams Band, The Whites, and Sierra name a few....    During the evenings in our hotel room, my family and I watched the Food Network..  Therefore, upon arriving home, I was inspired to whip up a great meal with some big flavor!  My wife of course encouraged me in my cooking endeavor and I headed to the local grocery store for some savory ingredients.   In little time, the blue cheese mushroom burgers, complete with spices such as garlic and basil where in my imagination..a masterpiece!  I added some fresh cut potato fries grilled in olive oil as well as some sauteed spinach for a side...   In the end, it tasted A LOT better than it looked....  I guess I'll have to postpone my aspirations as a great chef and stick to making mandolins.....

Until next time,



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