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Making a Violin #5: Carving the plates

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Blog entry by RonPeters posted 01-16-2011 08:21 AM 3578 reads 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, I’ve been busy with life and could only get to the violin as weather permitted, that is until I insulated the garage and installed an IR heat lamp which takes the chill off the air.

This is the maple back. I’ve carved guides using templates I made out of aluminum. After aligning the guides to the plate surface it’s a simple matter of carving away the excess and blending. There are 6 templates. 1 through 5 are horizontal left to right with the last spanning the length.

A close up.

Another view of the vertical template.

Notice the points of light? More carving to go…

The template should sit on the surface.

The work space.

Here is one of the scrapers I use to remove the sawtooth finger plane marks. I have to use the sawtooth because maple will tear out and leave divots in the surface.

Staged ‘assembly’.

Side shot.

Views of the scroll.

Finished plate surface. Need to trim up the edge and the ‘points’ still.

Top and Back.

The other sides. I still have to make a jig to hold the plates to be able to carve the inside.

Gluing the linings to the ribs. The 2mm lining strengthens the 1mm thick ribs and provides a wider surface for the plates to glue to.

Thanks for viewing!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I



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#1 posted 01-16-2011 08:52 AM

Interesting process. Must take a little patience ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 08:59 AM

Love the pictures, helps the uninitiated to understand the talent and commitment necessary to make instruments.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 12:33 PM

oh my goodness!! I’ve just started “playing” the fiddle so seeing the birth of a violin is extra special.
Oh the precision!!! those teeny tin rays of light coming through.. phew..
Very impressive

I appreciate the time it took to take the series of photos as well. Thank you
makes me want to go get out the violin and look at it with great respect

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 01:13 PM

MsDebbieP, be sure and post a recording of the Oragne Blossom Special when you get it down pat :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 01:24 PM

oh you are too funny … too funny. I do a nice “Amazing Grace” though :)
Orange Blossom Special… humph…. ;)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 01:35 PM

That’s a good one too ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-16-2011 02:49 PM

Delicious work and delicious IBEX small plane. I really beg you for a template to make only the scroll, I wish to include it into a future furniture project, not a violin. I would be really grateful to you if you can, so long

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 03:08 PM

If I could do something like that I would be doing cartwheels of joy. :) That is beautiful and I am making this a favorite. I love the scroll and the delicate curves of the body and the whole thing makes me smile inside. Thanks for posting this.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 03:41 PM

I missed the last couple posts in this series. Glad I found it again! A very interesting story. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 03:51 PM

This is absolutely great. You do a good blog. Telling the story with your pictures lets us all enjoy your processes. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it all with us. Looks like it will be a super violin.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 04:34 PM

That is looking wonderful. I can think that working on it is very enjoyable and rewarding. Thanks for sharing this with us with such a great series of photos.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 04:45 PM

This is so informative! This project is looking great!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 08:02 PM

Nice work Ron, That scroll is awesome!

-- Philip, Minnesota, www.langguitars.com

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 09:41 PM

What a wonderful documentation of the process, Ron. The pictures are beautifully clear and show the amazing steps you take to make this beautiful instrument. The scroll is wonderful. It looks so delicate and graceful! I love seeing this being done and you really do a great job of telling the story. Thanks so much!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 01-17-2011 12:15 AM

Thanks everyone!

It’s hell on the hands! The next day they get puffy. I guess that’s what happens when you become an old fart!?

Perhaps I’ll document the creation of the scroll next?

Julio, here is a place to begin http://liutaiomottola.com/myth/scroll.htm he says it is a myth that it comes from the golden mean. I was always told it ‘was’ the golden mean. Anyway, in nature the nautilus spiral comes the closest to the spiral shape and is probably where the masters got the ‘idea’ to emulate it? Aesthetics notwithstanding, the purpose of the scroll is to protect the pegs from damage.

You have all no doubt seen “scroll’s” that were a carving of a bearded man’s head etc. Tradition says a scroll, but as with everything in life, variety is the spice!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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