Every now and then you need to face a challenge. This is my latest. I had been working up to this for quite a few months. Luckily I have some project funds and what with my suppliers prices going up and VAT increases in the new year I felt it was the right time. A friend who plays asked if I could make him a cello but I felt that I could not commit his resources and expectations on the first one so I am making it for myself. Goodness knows why as I don’t play. However, he asked for a Stradivarius B form cello which is the most popular form all made in the period 1707 and 1726. Since made famous by a number of musicians e.g. Catherine Du Pre and Yoyo Ma. Famouse instruments include the Davydov, Duport, Piatti to name but a few. Of course there are other models by other famouse makers which are easily acquired but I found it difficult to get published plans of this model. I had some information regarding proportions and sizes to work with from earlier research and drew up my own plans. I also studied existing cellos based on the strad model comparing my plans with these. I found the drawing interesting and used a lot of my professional training and experience in draughting very useful.
The pictures show the basic drawings and some templates for the cross sections of the belly. I still have the back templates to complete. The outline template is used to make the mold for the cello. This is the former that it will be built around. I just started it today it is incomplete but is in the last picture. These sectional templates will be used during the carving of the top and back at a later date. No doubt there will be adjustments to make as the project evolves.
-- Dave D