Greetings from the Macica Workshop!
In other news, the Arched Top Guitar Class is going very well.
There are three stages here:
1. First, rough gouging using a gouge and sometimes using a scrub plane
2. Next, making the arch a little refined by using a thumb plane.. We do this using a lamp and shadow so the contour can be achieved..
3. Thirdly, we finish it out smooth using a scraper. Now it is time to turn it over and scoop the inside… To be continued….
A busy time of repairs in the shop… In 2007, I had built a Viola da Gamba for a customer of mine. The customer called me up to let me know that through an accident, the top had been damaged. So, rather than fix the top, I am replacing it with a new one…
Being the builder of the instrument, I feel this is the better way, so the instrument will maintain its value.
As you can see in the photo above, I am also finishing up a cello repair with a bass bar crack. Here, in this next photo, I am using a technique that I learned in New York City (where I apprenticed back in the 80’s) of replacing the bass bar with structural studs.
Having a crack along the side of the bass bar makes that part of the top very vulnerable….this is the reason for the structural studs. Next, I fit the bass bar over the studs to finish out the repair…
I am sure you are all looking forward to a nice turkey dinner, time with family and friends and perhaps some apple or pumpkin pie… May you have a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday…