Custom Violin #33 183

 

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Torrefied tops have proved so successful on my guitars, I've decided to take that step with one of my violins. This classical violin will feature gorgeous, tight-flamed maple back, neck and sides, a Torrefied European spruce top, and a hand-rubbed traditional oil finish. I can't wait to hear it.

Construction Photos

Construction begins with the joining of the plates with hot hide glue. Spruce corner and end blocks are temporarily glued to the internal form with hot hobby glue. The flamed maple sides are sanded to finished thickness. The blocks are cut to shape. The sides are bent over a hot pipe, then glued to the blocks.

The upper half of the internal form is removed, and maple linings are bent and glued in place. The upper half of the blocks are trimmed to final shape. The outline of the violin is marked onto the top plate, and it's cut to shape. Shaping of the curly maple neck begins with the bandsaw.

Work quickly progresses to the handsaw, gouges, and scrapers as the scroll emerges from the blank. The edge thickness of the top is established on the router table. Excess wood is hogged off with the duplicating carver. A recess is cut for the purfling, and it is glued in with hot hide glue.

         
The recessed area of the top edge is established with a laminate trimmer mounted on a dedicated jig.

           
 

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