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January 2014


After completing my latest violin, I have begun work on the next. I’m using European maple and spruce and it reacts differently to the gouge than the local wood. It is also much lighter. Here are a few photos of the early stages from December 2013 and January 2014. I bent the ribs around the mould (Guarneri model), traced the outline and then cut out my top and back. I use a large arching gouge to rough out the arching, using templates to help keep me on track. After various small steps I picked out the purfling channel and inlayed the purfling. I’m now working on finalizing my arching before I flip the plates over and begin gouging out the inside.

ribs, top and back

Rough arching the back

Rouch Arching the top

Temporarily glued together

Purfling channel

Full Channel picked out

Purfling done!






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