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Occam’s scroll holding jig

Occam’s scroll holding jig

Holding a violin scroll while carving the volutes and dressing the pegbox is a little awkward.  Here is one of the simplest and most effective jigs that I've come up with: a piece, 12mm ply with 30mm holes in it.   Use a soft piece of ply and round the edges of the...

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...

Oberlin Violinmakers Workshop

Oberlin Violinmakers Workshop

For many years I have wanted to attend the annual, two week,Violin Making Workshop at Oberlin, Ohio. It attracts makers from all over the world and this year was  attended this year by sixty violin makers and about a dozen bow makers. With so much talent and...

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...