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Friday, November 20, 2009 Red Dog back in the Pink

Little Ann is back to her energetic self after a few days on the couch. You can see her favorite teddy bear under her chin. This bear, which she found sitting under a tree on Greenwood Avenue, has unfortunately lost both arms in the excitement of play. We have the arms, they just won't go back on anymore.

Friday, November 20, 2009 Electrification

Steinberger Five String Electric ViolinFor the past ten or more years, I have played old time music on an acoustic fiddle while in my head I hear drums and bass playing along. One day recently, this Steinberger electric five string became available and now lives with me. This winter, I think, we may try out the fusion of rural Appalachian music and rock and roll.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 Red Dog recovering slows production

Seen here relaxing on the couch listening to 'Where the Red Fern Grows' on tape, Red Dog underwent surgery to remove a fractured molar and a cyst on her eyelid.  This has brought production at Violinisto to a near standstill. We hope to be back to making shavings very soon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Rosalie's progress

Rosalie is taken from the Del Gesu violin "The D'Egville". The sound is full size but the physical dimensions are better suited for small hands. Shown here with the first few coats of varnish applied.









Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The documentary "The Violin Maker"

The short documentary called "The Violin Maker" by Frenetic Productions is now online at Vimeo. The film features the music of RedDog, a trio that plays mostly old Appalachian rural music.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Inside Carving

I find that I have further modified the technique of carving the inside of the plates first. Rather than allowing the inside shape to totally control the outside shape, I have been going back and forth between inside and outside. I graduate 2mm thicker than final finish, then correct the long arch on the outside. Then do the outline and purfling, then the channel and recurve, and then the final graduations from the inside. This method is a little slower and defies Van Zandt's theorem (don't revisit) but it seems to produce a nice plate. The inside layout controls the recurve and is therefore easier to quantify than 'it looks good'. The long arch is also initially driven by the inside shape but small variations that crop up can be fixed before the final thickness is reached. Another bonus is the fact that there's no necessity for a hollowing form because the bulk of  the work, where you would want maximum support of the plate, is done while the billet is thick and very strong.