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Fun with purfling

Posted by Mandogryl on Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Building a violin from scratch is a huge task, but I’ve taken it on. I’ve built other stringed instruments in the past, and they say that a stringed instrument is the ultimate woodworking project, and a violin is the ultimate stringed instrument building project. One of the main differences in this instrument and the others is the minimal use of power tools (only bandsaw and drillpress) and the total use of hot hide glue. The only other time I have used hide glue was on mandolin neck-to-body joints.

So, I am about ready to glue the purfling in which will take place on Christmas Eve. I’m a little concerned about the groove being a tad too wide in one or two places, but I’ve heard and read (thank you, Woodwiz) about using ebony dust for filling the gap. I was also worried that the groove would close up when it becomes wet with glue, even though I had glue-sized the purfling ledge first. Gluing in the purfling should be interesting, to say the least. I will use one of my cat-medicine syringes for this.
Then I can go ahead and finish profiling the outside of the belly. Really looking forward to this step, as I love carving wood. Then I will repeat the whole shee-bang for the maple back. Hope to be strung up by spring time and Maine Fiddle Camp. I hope my new bow gets along with the new fiddle. I’ve got a photo album on the step-by-step building of this instrument at my homepage, should anyone be interested in taking a peek.
Thanks! Merry Christmas everyone!


2 comments on “Fun with purfling”

bj Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @6:26:42 AM

Steph, it sounds like you're really coming along! Howzabout some photos of the process?

When you're up at Maine Fiddle Camp this summer, make sure to get to know Art Bryan. He's one of my all time fave people.

Mandogryl Says:
Thursday, December 17, 2009 @3:13:26 PM

Thanks BJ. Yes, photos of the process.
I have actually created a folder here for just the construction of this fiddle.
I will look Art Bryan up when I get to camp.

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