I am in the process of building a five-string double bass, and saw that there were two pieces of "scrap", each of which would fit a fiddle back and neck.
So, I salvaged the wood, bookmatched it, and began the work.
I must be doing something wrong, as I seem unable to post photos, here; so here is the blog post for the fiddle I'm currently making.
I've never attempted the decorative flourishes on purfling like that. How hard is it to do? Silly question I know, but I wonder if there might be some tricks to doing it without risking ruining the plate. Looks nice.
I'll look for your post on purfling.
Edited by - Brian Wood on 06/10/2020 09:57:32
Nice Chet, the inlay on the back is challenging. My Maggini Fiddle came out just fine with that inlay. It is a four string though.
I used a fixture to pre-form the inlays before installing. I was worried about damaging the back. I also did not gouge out the inside of the back until the inlay was completed. The back inlay all told took about 22hrs of work.
Edited by - Fiddlemaker5224 on 06/10/2020 10:21:16
That’s a lot of work, all right!
The purfling, weaves included, takes me a couple of days, I guess.
I pretty much only use this particular “weave” on my five string fiddles.
I use a small-diameter bending iron to get the tight curves, but they still frequently delaminate from the heat.
I have to be careful to remember which strip continues through a joint, and which is interrupted, so as to achieve the “over and under” illusion of the “weave.”
Other that that, it’s not too bad... I only do it because I like the looks of the results.
Edited by - Chet Bishop on 06/10/2020 11:00:36
looks good !
'Squeaks and scratches' 1 day
'Pre WW2 Fiddle' 2 days
'Flash jams?' 2 days
'Strad Copy' 3 days