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Violinmaking at last! Making the Ribs

Violinmaking at last! Making the Ribs

I've finally got started on making the Redwood Violin. At last I'm going to start to find out how my substitute materials will work. Comparing woods On the ribs (sides) I get to use three of the woods that I've collected. The applewood planes and cuts very nicely,...

Materials Review

Materials Review

I've been collecting materials for the Redwood Violin for a couple of months and now I have the wood that I need to get started. Heres a review of what I have and what it will be used for. There are still a few finishing materials like varnishes, dyes and pigments...

New Theme tune for The Redwood Violin

I'm very excited to be able to add a theme tune to the Redwood Violin videos. High school Junior, Gwendolyn Thalia Przyjazna, composed this musical signature which I feel captures the optimistic and exploratory essence of the Redwood Violin Project. Redwood Violin...

Greg Zall and Mark Tindley, Fine woodworking and marquetry.

Greg Zall and Mark Tindley, Fine woodworking and marquetry.

Mark Tindley and Greg Zall do high end woodwork from furniture to cabinetry. Their biggest distinction is their spectacular marquetry work. https://www.youtube.com/embed/zgHUktua-Hk A tour of the shop and a just completed project Their shop is in a semi-rural setting...

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 foot...

Violin Pegs

Violin Pegs

Materials Violin pegs are normally made of a hard wood, the most commonly used are ebony and rosewood. The favorite wood for the high end pegs that you'll see on Stradivari violins is English boxwood, stained to a honey color with nitric acid. English box pegs look...

Vulture Hill Apple Orchard

Vulture Hill Apple Orchard

Chad and Andrea Frick. As you drive the hill around Sebastopol you will see many old apple orchards, white with blossom in the spring and warm with color in the fall. These orchards represent are an important cultural and historical legacy in our region, but sadly the...

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...