Now that the bench is finished, it’s time to start using it for its intended purpose! I thought I’d document my progress along the way. I hope that’s ok with everyone?
What to do first (besides building a bench)? Got to have a plan!
Well, actually, you need a mold to shape the ribs (sides) of the violin to. A good book to start learning is ”The Art and Method of the Violin Maker” by Henry Strobel.
Here’s a plan. Though I won’t follow this one exactly, it’s for reference.
What we have here are two molds with corner and end blocks in place. Notice the shape of the ‘points’ to be carved? The one on the right is a Stradivari pattern circa 1705. It’s 346.5 mm long from top to bottom. The other is a Vuillaume pattern of a Strad. It’s 345.0 mm and is the pattern I used to make my first violin.
This one is of a Buck Bros. inside gouge I acquired. I use it to cut the corners on the blocks.
Here’s a closeup of the business end.
I have a question on sharpening this tool. I used a dremel tool to shape the inside lip as best I could. It’s sharp, but not as sharp as I would like it.
If anyone has a trick, or tip on sharpening an inside gouge, sharp enough to shave my arm. Please let me know.
-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I