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  1. Violin bow re-hairing vise

    Rather than needlessly spend money, I decided to build a vise with which to learn how to re-hair violin bows. Believe it or not, the horse hair which causes the violin to make sound wears out after some time and must be replaced. It's a lot easier to work on such an object when it is held still...
  2. Homemade Cello

    My friends daughter has taken to the cello and so I made her one to keep at home for practice instead of lugging one home from school…......I made the body from scrap mahogany salvage from a restaurant and the neck from almond wood which is very common here in Costa Rica….....I also added a...
  3. Violin/Fiddle Case

    I finally got my violin case all finished. It is made out of Poplar wood and is stained Cranberry Red (General Finishes) with Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss Poly. I cut leather into strips and stained them with the Cranberry wood stain for the bow holders. The interior is covered in green velvet over...
  4. Violin display stand

    I've had thoughts of making one of these for some time, probably since I made the guitar stand for my wife. The stand could be used to simply display a violin or to keep one handy for frequent practice sessions. Regardless, a fiddle is safest when ensconced in its case. The wood I used may be...
  5. Violin Cheese Board

    Here is a cheese board I made. Originally wanted it to be a cutting board but I used some river red gum firewood which had some minor cracks throughout the wood and I didnt have time to properly finish. the centre piece of wood is Tasmanian Blackwood and the outer pieces are River Red Gum from...
  6. Violin Box

    This was a lot of fun to build. Pattern came from Scroll saw Woodworking by Steve Renard. My Violin was made of Teak for the body and neck, bolivian rosewood for chin support, fret and string boards and maple for bridge and tuner keys. i have now started a scale replica of a electric guitar for...
  7. A quick violin

    My wife is a pretty good violin player and my son likes to watch her play. The only downside is he thinks he should be able to touch her very pricey violin….something you dont want a 2 year old to do. She asked me to "make something real fast" for him to play with. A few hours later, this is...
  8. Teardrop Fiddle from Mohogany and Pine

    Just before the Covid-19 crisis hit, I had decided to build a teardrop fiddle. I had previously acquired a cheap violin neck accidentally, (I thought I ordered a very cheap cello neck, but the description was misleading.) I doubt that I will ever get to a proper lutherie school for violin...
  9. Archtop Guitar Build

    This is a project I finished a while back, but still remains as the project I am most proud of in 25 years of woodworking. I think the arch top represents the pinnacle of the Luthier's craft. All the technical challenges of a a flattop, except that its top and back are carved from a solid wood...
  10. Erhu cobbled together during COVID-19

    I mentioned that I was thinking of making this obscure musical instrument. I've actually been thinking about it for months. An erhu is a chinese instrument and sounds a bit like our western violin and is sometimes referred to as a chinese violin. Starting with a discarded bongo drum, I...
  11. Silent/Electric Violin

    This is another one of these projects that I thought about for a while. But since the Covid-19 Zombie Apocalypse, I felt I wanted a way to practice my fiddle that made as little sound as possible for the outside world. I built the body of the instrument from soliid mahogany, joining the parts...
  12. Carved Rattle Snake Electric Violin

    I carved this violin out of Cas Guava wood…....Almond fret board….......Made it with reverse tuning so wood pegs are glued in…....Took about a month to build…....has bridge pickup and built in pre-amp…......Homemade Tung oil varnish…......Thanks for looking…........
  13. Sculpted Fine-Art or Folk-Art, Walking Cane with "Amazing Grace" Music Notes

    This cane has been "SOLD" Welcome Web Surfers: If you are surfing looking for a special walking cane on the internet, go toward the bottom of this posting where you'll find a list of canes that I have built that are ready to ship immediately. Also, there are links to several more customized...
  14. Violin Wine Tilt

    Commissioned work. Maple and walnut. They wanted something reminiscent of a violin. Does it work?
  15. Fiddler Whirligig

    [Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] Back about the time that we moved into our house, I got the idea that I wanted to build a whirligig of a fiddler. At the time I had been taking violin lessons and the idea of a fiddle playing whirligig appealed to me. This is before I had any real tools for doing...
  16. A violin from a kit!

    Yes made from a US$150 kit from Stewart MacDonald, the well know luthier/guitar bits and pieces supplier. For that price I just had to have a go at making one - no intention of playing it. They are still only US$281, but such fantastic value. The spruce top and curly maple back come carved...
  17. Cigar Box Fiddle

    Obsessed with violins ever since watching a video of a real luthier making one from slabs of maple. Discovered cigarboxnation.com and somehow got the instructions for a fiddle. Now I have never seen a cigar box, much less touched one, but I had some 3mm ply left over from something so I...
  18. Just fiddling around

    Music and cooking are a big part of my life. My daughter mentioned that she needs some serving spoons, and that got me thinking. She did play violin, and still owns and plays a piano.I consider the violin the most beautiful instrument, I hope I did not disrespect the violin too much with this...
  19. Violin Scroll

    This is a violin scroll I carved out of some mystery wood I got from a traditional sawmill near my home. It's just the scroll, and it's never gonna be part of a complete violin, but I really enjoyed doing it, and think I might carve another one. While carving I learned a lot of things as to how...
  20. King Joseph Copy

    This is my first copy of a Guarneri Del Gesu, I completed the majority of the woodwork at while still in school. The varnish and set up were done when I was out of school and completed several months ago. The instrument has a bright open tone and really rings in the upper register without having...
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