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New Apprentice

I’ve been busy lately adjusting to motherhood.  I’d like to introduce my new apprentice, pictured here with a 1/64th rental violin

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Moving in the right direction

My latest viola is coming along  at a good pace considering I’ve only been working on it 2 days a week on average. The F holes are carved. I graduated the top. And now the bassbar is fitted and glued! The whole body should be done by the end of the month.

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Rough Gouging Jig

One jig that I’ve been meaning to make since I first used it at school is this: It’s a jig that holds your plate so you can rough gouge out the inside.  The beauty of this jig is that it also hold the plate up high enough so that you can get your caliper in […]

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Every Piece of Wood is Different

So I’ve started working on my 12th instrument, a 15 1/2″ viola of my own pattern.  The spruce plate held a surprise once I cut it open. A branch was hidden on the inside of the plate.  Thankfully the majority of it I was able to cut out, but a small piece of it ended […]

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New Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsviolins/ I’ve started a new flickr account that has all my recent photos from the workshop.  I’m noticing I’ve taken a lot of pictures of scrolls.  Scrolls are very pretty and photogenic but in the latest instrument I’m making I’ll take more pictures of how the rest of the instrument is made. There’s also quite […]

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Changes

A lot of change has been happening lately.  I’ve obviously neglected my website over the past year but that doesn’t mean I stopped doing repair work or building.  I’ve done another sound post patch, learned how to really dress a finger board, how to do varnish retouching well enough so you can’t tell there was […]

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Fun Times at the 2010 VSA Competion in Cleveland

During the first week in November I attended the Violin Society of America conference in Cleveland. In short, it was awesome. Now for the longer version. The VSA has conferences yearly, but every other year has a competition. Any maker, amateur or professional, can submit their violin, viola, cello, bass or any of their corresponding […]

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May I present, Opus #9

From beginning to end this one took about 18months but it’s finally varnished, set up and playable.  If I do say so myself, it sounds lovely. Some background on Opus #9: it was my graduation exam instrument from the Chicago School of Violin Making (http://www.csvm.org/).  I made the viola in its entirety and set it […]

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Single-Handedly

Well the past six weeks were a bit annoying and physically uncomfortable.  Since I couldn’t do any repair work besides the odd small retouch job here or there I became the shop’s janitor/administrative assistant.  The shops’ one handed janitor/administrative assistant. I dusted, vacuumed, wiped and scrubbed out dirt and dust that the shop has produced […]

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A One Handed Violin maker is like…

So I was having a great time making my latest violin. I was even putting extra hours in at the shop for the first time in ages.  On Saturday July 3 I finished the rib assembly and had put in and trimmed the first set of linings.  A perfect pausing point, because my boss would […]

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