Thursday, December 27, 2012
However, real horror show can be seen in the lower photo. This was lit from behind and taken with the flash off. The horrible wavy grain is clearly visible, and the bright streaks show gaps in some of the joins between the ribs. I have reinforced these from the inside with some Araldite, and once the shape of the belly has been scribed I will add some paper strips to provide further support.
I was going to crack on with this immediately, but I learnt from my lute book that shape of the belly has to be taken while the body is still in the mould. Once it's out of the mould, the body 'relaxes' and ends up longer and thinner!
Consequently, I have now started on the belly.
Monday, December 17, 2012
I have been overwhelmed with spam as comments from 'anonymous', and although they get filtered out by the system I still get dozens of irritating notifications. I have therefore removed the ability for anyone to submit anonymous comments. However, if you are a real human being (rather than a spambot selling shoes), I would love to hear you comments!
many thanks, Richard
many thanks, Richard
Sunday, December 09, 2012
This happened a lot!
I had fixed the middle rib to the mould with a tiny screw, but I should probably have done this for the rest of them too.
Anyway, the photos show the making of the end cap, with its black veneer binding. After cleaning it up with a cabinet scraper I bent it into shape on the iron and glued it into place with Titebond.
This has strengthened the tail end considerably, but I have plenty of cracks, holes and tiny knot holes to fix. I am going to work through these with Araldite epoxy glue mixed with ebony dust.
Meanwhile the mandocello bowl now has four ribs. I am finding these much easier to fit accurately - the walnut is a bit thicker, it has a very straight grain and the tailblock keep the ribs from peeling apart.
I much prefer the mandolin mould design, but the lesson from both instruments is that the mould should be as close to perfect as possible!