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Making progress on the Lion-head viola

Posted by Chet Bishop on Thursday, September 5, 2013

I finally completed the graduation of both plates, and installed the back plate on the rib garland last night. Since, in this case, I am using the "French-style" one-piece interior mold, I had only installed linings on the back side of the rib garland, and now, after removing the mold, I will install the front linings. I will continue assembling the instrument after trimming the linings and blocks and generally "cleaning up" the interior.

I have the f-holes partially cut out, but my hands were getting tired, and, though the upright "stem" of each f-hole is out, the little corners remain to be cut. The holes are drilled and look good. I don't want to mess something up by a mistake made due to fatigue.

After the f-holes are cut, I will install the bass-bar. Then I will complete the edge work and close it up.

Getting there, but it has been a long, slow haul.

I did have a call for a five-string fiddle, so I need to get going on that, too. The last one sold almost immediately, so I don't even have one to show, let alone ship. Gotta get going, here.

I will post photos in a day or two.

Thanks for all the encouragement offered here.


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