Custom Violin #18 92

Completed April, 2011

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This red spruce and maple violin goes to a Pittsburgh-area violin student. This is a powerful instrument, with bell-clear tones and great balance.

Construction Photos


Construction begins with the joining of the plates with hot hide glue. The ribs are bent and glued to blocks temporarily fastened to an internal form. The neck is roughly shaped with a saw.


The upper half of the form is removed, and lining is glued in place. The top is cut to shape and roughly profiled and the purfling is installed. The neck and scroll are further refined with chisels and gouges.


The top plate is graduated and tap tuned, taking into consideration the weight, thickness, and tonal response. The bass bar is fitted and glued in.


The top is glued on, and the back is carved and tuned. The neck mortise is cut, and the back is glued on.


The instrument is sanded to perfection, and then finished with oil varnish.

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