Sebastian: Getting ready for the ground and varnish stage. Sebastian has his neck set, fingerboard and nut done, saddle on, and now we are ready to prepare the wood for varnishing. I’ve used sharp scrapers to make the plate surfaces as smooth as possible. The next step is to use Equisetum, a plant that has silica ridges. Dorian Barnes processes the Equisetum to an easy to use form. The Equisetum plant has been used since Egyptian times to smooth wood. Violin makers avoid sand paper, since it leaves grit in the wood, and scores the wood fibers. We want the sonorous wood as clean as possible. I’ll also wash the wood with clean water a few times to remove any debris. I take my time in this cleanup prep phase. After I’ve worked on the instrument for a couple of hours my eyes get tired and don’t see things that need attention. So, put it down, come back tomorrow, then there are new areas that need attention. Maybe there are elves in the studio that make flat spots, or mess with the wood during the night?

Sebastian: Getting ready for the ground and varnish stage. Sebastian has his neck set, fingerboard and nut done, saddle on, and now we are ready to prepare the wood for varnishing. I’ve used sharp scrapers to make the plate surfaces as smooth as possible. The next step is to use Equisetum, a plant that has silica ridges. Dorian Barnes processes the Equisetum to an easy to use form. The Equisetum plant has been used since Egyptian times to smooth wood. Violin makers avoid sand paper, since it leaves grit in the wood, and scores the wood fibers. We want the sonorous wood as clean as possible. I’ll also wash the wood with clean water a few times to remove any debris. 
I take my time in this cleanup prep phase. After I’ve worked on the instrument for a couple of hours my eyes get tired and don’t see things that need attention. So, put it down, come back tomorrow, then there are new areas that need attention. Maybe there are elves in the studio that make flat spots, or mess with the wood during the night?

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Sebastian: Getting ready for the ground and varnish stage. Sebastian has his neck set, fingerboard and nut done, saddle on, and now we are ready to prepare the wood for varnishing. I’ve used sharp scrapers to make the plate surfaces as smooth as possible. The next step is to use Equisetum, a plant that has silica ridges. Dorian Barnes processes the Equisetum to an easy to use form. The Equisetum plant has been used since Egyptian times to smooth wood. Violin makers avoid sand paper, since it leaves grit in the wood, and scores the wood fibers. We want the sonorous wood as clean as possible. I’ll also wash the wood with clean water a few times to remove any debris.
I take my time in this cleanup prep phase. After I’ve worked on the instrument for a couple of hours my eyes get tired and don’t see things that need attention. So, put it down, come back tomorrow, then there are new areas that need attention. Maybe there are elves in the studio that make flat spots, or mess with the wood during the night? #violin #viola #fiddle #5stringfiddle #violinSebastion
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Sebastian: “when you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down”, p. 453 ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers

Sebastian: “when you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down”, p. 453 ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers

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Sebastian: “when you cut down a tree, what you make from it should be at least as miraculous as what you cut down”, p. 453 ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers #violin #viola #fiddle #5stringfiddle #violinJameson #violinSebastion
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Sebastian: The neck is set. I just finished the UNH violin workshop last week. Todd Goldenberg.goldenberg honed my skills. Now with sharper tools, and better posture, the work gets easier and tighter. Thanks Todd

Sebastian: The neck is set. I just finished the UNH violin workshop last week. Todd Goldenberg.goldenberg honed my skills. Now with sharper tools, and better posture, the work gets easier and tighter. Thanks Todd

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Sebastian: The neck is set. I just finished the UNH violin workshop last week. Todd Goldenberg #todd.goldenberg honed my skills. Now with sharper tools, and better posture, the work gets easier and tighter. Thanks Todd!! #violin #viola #fiddle #5stringfiddle #violinSebastion

#violinmaker #luthier #orchestra #fernandinabeach #ameliaisland #brunswickga #staugustine #stmarys #jacksonville #jaxsymphony #unfmusic #jumusic #luthier #whatsonmybench #violinist #florida #northflorida #Georgia #luthier #firstcoast, Amelia Island, Normal

Professional Todd Goldenberg stress testing Viola Sebastian at the University of New Hampshire violin making workshop

Professional Todd Goldenberg stress testing Viola Sebastian at the University of New Hampshire violin making workshop

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Professional Todd Goldenberg stress testing Viola Sebastian at the University of New Hampshire violin making workshop. #violin #viola #fiddle #5stringfiddle #violinJameson #fiddlejamesen #violinSebastion
#violinmaker #luthier #orchestra #fernandinabeach #ameliaisland #brunswickga #staugustine #stmarys #jacksonville #jaxsymphony #unfmusic #jumusic #luthier #whatsonmybench #violinist #florida #northflorida #Georgia #luthier #firstcoast #unhviolininstitute, Durham, New Hampshire, Normal