Re-sawing the applewood

Re-sawing the applewood

I normally get the wood for my violins in billets from Europe, pre-sawn to sizes that are easily digestible by a violinmaker. For that reason I’ve never bothered to acquire the machines that most modern wood shops have. The applewood came in a nice five by two...

Re-sawing the apple wood

A set of conventional wood to build a violin.The billets are cut to accommodate (left to right) a neck and scroll, sides, a top, a back. I normally buy the wood that I need for the back, top, sides and neck of the violin from specialist violin suppliers in Europe. The...
Wood for the fittings

Wood for the fittings

The violins “fittings” include the fingerboard, pegs, tailpiece, chinrest, endpin. All of the black parts you see in the photo. The fingerboard and pegs in particular get a lot of wear over the years and need to be made of a hard material. The most...
Mike Center, Woodworker

Mike Center, Woodworker

Mike has always had woodwork in his life. Both his parents were woodworkers and throughout his career as a biologist he had some sort of wood shop going on. Since retiring he devotes more time to it and he now has a very nicely put together home shop in Santa Rosa. He...
Wood for Purfling

Wood for Purfling

The purfling is an inlaid band of three strips of wood, colored black, white, black. Its function is decorative, highlighting the edge of the instrument, but also functional, helping to prevent the top from cracking near the edges. All kinds of woods have been used...
Wood for the back, sides, neck and scroll

Wood for the back, sides, neck and scroll

Maple The  back, sides, neck and scroll of the violin are normally  made from maple. Characteristics: Maple is a medium density hardwood with lightly porous structure,  It carves relatively easily and leaves a clean cut from a gouge.  It’s...