Archive for January 2009


January 31, 2009

I’m sitting at work, waiting until the people on the stage floor (70 feet below me) need me.

The view from my chair

The view from my chair

It’s the first big show of the new year.  I should be excited just to get my hands back into the game.  So, in my down time, what do I think about?  Staining wood.  I’ve been mentally working out a problem with mounting some wall pieces that I’ve been working on, and suddenly had and idea.  I’m goin’ industrial.  Tek screws, maybe.  Then, another idea.  Using initials with simple patterns, both inside and on the background.  I’m looking around me for a piece of paper or pen or anything to write on, and nothing.  Another idea, and at this point I’m almost frantically trying to remember all of these ideas.  I can’t forget!  Who knows when I’ll be able to sketch something.  Of all the unlikely places to get inspired….

My workspace and tools of the trade for the day.

My workspace and tools of the trade for the day.

Etsy — so much to do!

January 23, 2009

So far, I’ve had some great reaction to my Etsy thoughts.  Thanks to everyone who commented.  I have to admit that I haven’t done much research since my last post, and I should start here. Oh, and I should finish those trivets that I’ve been working on since December — so that I can sell them!  A look at some of the competition trivets:  wood and otherwise.  I guess that means I should get back to work.

To do list in no particular order:

I really have been working!

I really have been working!

set up Etsy shop

finish trivets

check into shipping

read Dos and Don’ts


Etsy, Etsy, or Etsy?

January 21, 2009

I’m thinking about Etsy. Do I need a store? Is now the time to try to sell some of my pieces? Do I even have enough finished to start that in motion?

I like Etsy. It gives artists an easy place to be found and sell their work. From the site:  Your place to buy & sell things handmade. There’s even an entire woodworking category. Here’s a fun looking chess board I’ve found.  Oh, and a set of rings that I wouldn’t mind getting as a gift.  Too bad they are all the way in France;  I’d like a closer look.  I could go on and on about the items and shops that I’ve bookmarked.

Anyway, I’m looking into it,and reading the Dos and Don’ts of Etsy.  Feel free to send me your thougts on this, as I’m having trouble even posting about it. Really, I’d love some input.

Hand made violin — the back

January 12, 2009

Here’s a look at what I did with the back:

First, the penciled design

First, the penciled design

The beginning of the design

The beginning


It took my quite some time to work out the top

Almost ready for the base color

The home stretch

The home stretch

The final artwork

The final artwork

Handmade violin — the front

January 8, 2009
Pics of the front both in progress and the finished look.

Just the penciled lines of the design. Yes, I use tracing paper!


Working on the design


Almost all of the design has been stained.

The design is almost done, and I've started the base color.

The design is mostly done, and I've started the base color.

No more design to work on.  Just the base.

No more design to work on. Just the base.

The front is almost done.  I did the side and past the purfling at the same time.

The front is almost done. I did the sides and past the purfling at the same time.

That's the front, with finish.

There's the front!

Here’s a link or two that might be interesting:

About the purfling

Inlaying the purfling — a video

Handmade violin

January 6, 2009

My first musical instrument project was a violin made by my Uncle Gene.  He had decided to quite making them, but was kind enough to add one more to the list. He even sent along a book called Violin Making to help and inspire. I remember being terrified that I would ruin his beautiful craftsmanship with my crazy stain designs.  I went through many design ideas before I settled on something that I thought would work. (I’d still like to make something based on the f-hole, maybe next time.)  f-hole

Here’s a couple of pics before I did too much damage: