Violone Project

Photo documentation of my building a 6 string D violone with the help of master luthier and good friend John Pringle. The project was begun in September of 2012 and finished – well, mostly finished – an hour before rehearsal on January 30, 2013. There were still many coats of varnish to do. The instrument made her performance debut in the white on February 3, 2013 at the North Carolina HIP Festival.

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  • Edlinger Original
    Edlinger Original
  • Checking measurements
    Checking measurements
  • Sitka Spruce block for the top
    Sitka Spruce block for the top
  • Maple for the Back
    Maple for the Back
  • The Top Glued Up
    The Top Glued Up
  • Neck and Plywood Sheets for Making the Mold
    Neck and Plywood Sheets for Making the Mold
  • Finished mold
    Finished mold
  • Bending the ribs
    Bending the ribs
  • Ribs attached to mold
    Ribs attached to mold
  • Back with bracing
    Back with bracing
  • Planing the inside of the top
    Planing the inside of the top
  • Carving the top
    Carving the top
  • Carving the Top
    Carving the Top
  • Still chipping away at the top
    Still chipping away at the top
  • Still chipping away at the top
    And still chipping away at the top
  • Finally starting to take shape
    Finally starting to take shape
  • Carving the Sound Holes
    Carving the Sound Holes
  • Pegbox
    Pegbox
  • Hollowing out the pegbox
    Hollowing out the pegbox
  • Almost There
    Almost There
  • Final Assembly!
    Final Assembly!
  • Profile
    Profile
  • View of the Back
    View of the Back
  • Temporary Frets
    Temporary Frets
  • Pegbox
    Pegbox
  • Performing in the White
    Performing in the White
  • The Violone - Finished!
    The Violone – Finished!