New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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Chet Bishop
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New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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I recently had a person call me and ask whether I could build a 5-string fiddle of primarily Oregon woods (Sure!)

I was about to start a stay-at-home vacation from my regular job, during the Christmas season, so I decided to get going on the new project. I have begun chronicling the build, here, if anyone is interested:
https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/01/0 ... beginning/

I will continue to post progress reports, there.

I think it will be a very good fiddle, but the Big-leaf maple is some of the wildest-grained wood I have ever worked with. Looks great, of course, but a bit of a pain to work with. :-)
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Bob Francis
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Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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Chet,
Please do continue your documentary it is impressive.

Chet Bishop
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Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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Bob, if you look at the top of the page, there is a tab for "Books": there is a photo-story there of a whole five-string fiddle, which you may find enjoyable. It is in a pdf format, so you can download the whole thing if you want, or read it online, I suppose. It's about 135 pages...

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the little bit I have already posted, and I will add to it as things get done. (It will slow to a crawl, now that I am going back to work. Sorry.)

Chet
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Chet Bishop
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Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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Here is another update: the body (corpus) is closed, leaving a fair amount of final carving and scraping before the instrument will be ready for varnishing.

https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/02/0 ... ng-fiddle/

I think it will be a good fiddle. Feels good...sounds good when I tap it, et cetera.
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Bob Francis
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That is stunning!

Chet Bishop
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Thanks, Bob! I'm anxious to see how it will look under the varnish.

This evening, I completed most of the varnish-prep, but broke off for suppertime. If I can really have it done tonight, I will rub the mineral ground into the wood, and let it dry overnight. Then the sealer, tomorrow, will let us begin to see what that wood really looks like. :-)
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Chet Bishop
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Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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So, to all who found the earlier report interesting, here is the final chapter:

https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/02/1 ... ng-fiddle/

The customer gave her enthusiastic blessing to my taking the fiddle to the Wintergrass festival and exhibiting it with my other work, so that is where it is going next. She is coming this week to make sure she is the first one to get to play it. :-)

If anyone else is planning to attend the Wintergrass festival, please drop by my booth and get acquainted.

Chet
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Bob Francis
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Very nice!

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Thanks, Bob!
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

Chet Bishop
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Re: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

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She came and took possession of the fiddle this past Saturday morning. She is happy and so are we.
:-)
Chet Bishop
Violin-family instruments
Forest Grove, Oregon

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