chicago school of violin making

Construction notebook excerpts

I’m supposed to be studying for a violin construction quiz. Thought I’d cheat on my blog here and just post some of my notes. As you will see, they can be a little, um, excessive at times.

Garland clamps

judy garland clamps for gluing up your violin

Even dividers have devolved into uneven dividers

how uneven dividers came to be

Flat-bottom finger plane has evolved into round-bottom finger plane

how the roundbottom fingerplane came to be
I definitely drew that around Thanksgiving.


you got a B!

Final glue-up on violin body is complete. You got a B!

Huh, so a “high B” is closer to a C in music, but closer to an A in grades.

And now for a timed selfie with nearly complete violin body. My baaaby! ❤

violin body timer selfie

Cleaning up my edges!

sharpening violin edges with scraper