Amate paper – A little local flavor

Amate paper – A little local flavor

I wanted to add some local spice to the viola that I made in Tepotzlan, Mexico.  Ernesto, my host, gave me some of the traditional Amate paper that he uses for his own labels. Amate is made from the bark of a spectacular Ficus tree. I saw this one in the Cacahuamilpa...
Kerfed end block counter forms

Kerfed end block counter forms

When clamping the ribs at the lower block there is a tendency for the counter form to push the ribs apart, turning what should be a close fitting joint into an embarrassing gap. This is especially true if the counter-form has a smaller radius than the end block. The...
Rasps for violin making

Rasps for violin making

This has been my favorite tool discovery of the year, I ordered on a whim and found my self using them a lot. Corradi Rasps are very nicely made, quite straight, with consistent curves. The teeth are set to give a random scratch pattern, they are very sharp and...