My Workshop Journal

This is where I'll be posting journal entries about the goings-on in my shop. They'll be somewhat intermittent, as things develop, and I'll try to keep it interesting. 

A traditional Icelandic Langspil

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Yesterday, my customer Christopher Fretwell picked up his Langspil, a traditional Icelandic instrument he commissioned from me in November 2014. It precedes the Appalachian dulcimer and has many...

Ready to Play

Monday, December 31, 2012

It has been a very interesting and unusual year! At the beginning of the year I received a commission for an archtop guitar and that led me into the world of carving. So I began the journey into...

Back Roughed Out

Monday, May 21, 2012

I have used a carving wheek on an angle grinder to rought out the back - very carefully! It removes material with astounding speed, but very little accuracy. Then I used a 1 inch forstner bit in my...

Ribs glued and trimmed

Saturday, May 19, 2012

After removing the clamps, I trimmed the ends of the upper and lower bouts to form the corners. A nice sharp chisel works well here.

Upper and Lower Bouts

Friday, May 18, 2012

This is how I clamped and glued the upper and lower bout ribs onto the blocks. Oh yeah, I'm using hide glue.