StoneDog is now in possession of the TRAVELING FIDDLE in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. :-)
I apologize that I have not been taking photos of each step. I loose myself when working on this violin and the time passes so quickly. I finished up some final scraping on the neck and attached it to the body. I have also attached the back plate pictured below.
another view from the top.
I let it sit over night and have removed and shaped the sides of the plates.
I will not be adding the purfling to this violin although I would like to one day. I will need to get the tools to do that one day.
I pre treated the wood with a coat of gelatin powered that I purchased from International Violin. This is to seal the wood so that when the varnish is applied it is even. I am taking a completely different route on this violin for finishing than I did on my first. The first violin I used a stain then clear oil varnish but did not pretreat the wood. So it came out blotchy.
I will post some pictures this afternoon with the first coat of red/brown oil varnish.
Below are some photos of the first coat of oil varnish.
The next two are of the second coat. I would like it to get a little darker but I am liking the color so far. The varnish is drying surprisingly quick as I was able to handle it after about 5 hours.
Oh and the shield in the background my dad and I (mostly my dad) made back in the fifth grade for a school project.
This is simply beautiful. Being a quasi-craftsman myself (working in leather), you need to remember one thing. People who appreciate things, tend to gravitate towards hand-crafted items moreso than to machine-made items. The fact that someone carefully worked an item by hand, with every little nook and cranny being carefully shaped and considered, is important to some people. In an age of automization and mass-produced goods, an item that is a one-of-a-kind is important. Don't sell yourself short. I spent too many years creating stuff like what you see below while selling myself short, and basically giving away my work.
Anyone paying around $1,500 for that violin would be lucky. I bet if you ask Pierre nicely, he might even do a demo video of the violin for you to show you how your work has turned out.
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