Now it's looking like a real violin. After the cello, progress on the smaller instruments seems to happen so fast.
With this one the lower bout ribs are in one piece, so it has no join at the lower block. No join should mean no coming apart.
This morning has been spent wrestling with reticent suppliers and recovering from the shock of their post-global-financial-crisis price rises. Now to the task of cleaning up and rubbish removal. The piles of wood shavings are ankle deep around the workbench. Aaaah, a luthier's life ...
Progress is being made on the website www.philipsmithluthier.com with the help of a local photographer, Ben Southam, who has provided some fantastic shots of the workshop and instruments. The site will be updated and launched soon.