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Five-string fiddle from scrap of five-string double bass

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Jun 10, 2020 - 9:30:53 AM
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569 posts since 2/28/2012

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.

Jun 10, 2020 - 9:48:01 AM

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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

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:17:53 AM

276 posts since 1/5/2009

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.

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:20:49 AM

276 posts since 1/5/2009

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

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:58:54 AM

569 posts since 2/28/2012

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

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:38:38 AM



712 posts since 6/8/2013

looks good !

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