|Project by RonPeters||posted 07-08-2010 05:21 AM||2755 views||4 times favorited||41 comments|
My first violin.
I also made the amber varnish in a similar manner as Strad. circa 1700’s.
In time (100 years) it should be a nice dark tan.
The drawing is the layout for the instrument using only geometry, a compass and ruler.
I’ve been learning bits and pieces for the last 15 years on my own. Juan helped me put the concepts together.
The wood top is 1/4 sawn spruce and was given to me by a local violin maker who has since died. I held on to it for 10 years before cutting it. It has very tight grain – almost like viewing the side of a ream of paper. Not sure if the detail will show in these pics, but there is some really nice flame in it.
The back, sides, & neck are 1/4 sawn maple. Ebony is commercially available, so no need to do anything but cut to fit and shape.
-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I