Category Archives: Violin Construction

Tracing the top and back

The linings have been glued to the ribs (below right).

The top and back pieces started as rectangular pieces of solid maple and spruce. Each is made of two halves glued together. These are called ‘”blanks”. I traced the outline of the ribs on the top and back blanks using a 3mm spacer, and cut them out on the bandsaw (below left).ribs-top-back

In the White

The scroll and peg box are complete. The neck has been glued into a notch on the body. All the finish work, sanding, and detailing is finished. The violin is now “in the white”. I will be experimenting with a new sealing technique using Gamboge gum as a sealer. This will give the violin a yellow base color as well as seal the instrument in preparation for its first coat of varnish.

Number4 In the White

Gluing the linings

I have just glued the linings onto the ribs of a new violin. There are almost 60 clothespin clamps securing the linings onto the ribs. When it dries, I can smooth it with a hand plane and it will be ready to have the back glued onto it.


The third violin


This violin was colored with an artist’s oil paint, a technique described by Harry Wake in his book A Luthier’s Scrapbook. After the violin is sealed and primed, two coats of paint are rubbed on by hand and then the violin is finished with several coats of clear varnish. The result is rich and beautiful.











The black of the ebony chin rest, tail piece, and tuning pegs wonderfully complement the red tone of the violin.