domingo, 14 de diciembre de 2014

martes, 2 de diciembre de 2014


I´m almost finished with the French polish. Hopefully just a couple of layers and a final polish. And then strings on.

lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

Just French polishing

So, here I am mixing shellack, oil and alcohol and padding it on guitar #119.
And, of course, babbling along as usual.

lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2014

Violin #4 finished

Here you have my latest instrument. And its mine for now. Few instruments, if any have I enjoyed as much as this one. It really fits me and is a joy to play.
I hope to be able to build one more. I would like to make the main frequency of the plates just a few hz higher. Just to compare and learn.

domingo, 2 de noviembre de 2014

working full speed

So, the router bit arrived a few days ago. It only took 2 weeks this time :):)
Now I have no excuses. Here the bindings are being glued.

domingo, 26 de octubre de 2014

making little things.

This with waiting is always a relative thing. In a luthier workshop, there´s always something you can do. So here´s what I´ve been doing the last couple of days.
Bindings and 6 bridges. No need to hurry.

miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2014

waiting for a new router bit

So here is a photo of where I am now. I should have routed for the bindings, but a closer look at the routing bit made me decide is wasnt good enough. So I ordered a new one. It will take some time to arrive. I´m sure. I´m also sure that the guy who sells it doesnt have it in stock. Noone in this country stocks anything because stock means investment and noone has any money. Oh yes, of course, the rich have loads of money and in Spain there are twice as many as 6 years ago when the crisis started and they have tree times more money than back then.... They always get their things "sorted out" and leave the rest of us to live in the chaos that their sorting out leaves us.

jueves, 16 de octubre de 2014

An "old" photo

This photo is some weeks old. I had forgot that I had taken it. The building of the 3 guitars is in a completely different moment. I have assembled the body and the neck, waiting for a new router bit to arrive, so that I can fit the bindings. Meanwhile, I´m making the bridges.
Now that I´ve found the charger for the batteries, hopefully I will update the blog more often.
On the photo you can see the 3 soundboards for guitars 119 - 121. 2 x 2A a 1 x 1A

martes, 23 de septiembre de 2014

Back and working

Ok, I´ve been back for a month now and I´ve been working the last 2 weeks. In the start it was simply to hot.
So here you have the first shot of guitars nubers 119, 120 and 121. 2 x 2A blancas and a 1A blanca. They should be finished and ready for sale some day in November.

lunes, 23 de junio de 2014

guitar wood preparation.

While I varnished the violin, I prepared some wood for the guitars that I will build after summer.
This means that when starting up again, its the more delicate work in a clean workshop. My next batch of guitars will be 2 x 2A blancas and 1x 1A blanca
This is my last post in a while. I will go away for summer and will back in end August.
Enjoy life.

sábado, 21 de junio de 2014

violin varnished

Here´s the violin #4  varnished.
I have used some oldfashion "grain popper" on the maple before varnishing and the result is amazing. The figuring is a lot deeper and 3 dimensional.
A tad of very fine steel wool covered in vinegar. Cover the container/glass/whatever and let stay for around 30 hours. It stinks badly!!
Take out the steel wool and dillute with destilled water 1 to 8 water. And apply with a brush.

miércoles, 18 de junio de 2014

Violin in white

So here you have violin/fiddle #4 with strings on and ready to be varnished. The tone is big and with a lot of volume. I hope the varnish wont ruin that. Again, the picture is with indirect light only, so the the shape of the instrument can be seen jus a little bit.

lunes, 2 de junio de 2014

the box

So here´s the box assembled with saddle and the edges and corners are almost finished. The indirect light is in order to se the shape of the violin.

sábado, 31 de mayo de 2014

parts ready

So, I have started the assembly of the violin body and here you have the pictures of the parts before assembly. The two plates are tuned with the back frequenzy just 10hz over that of the top. The top frequenzy will raise a bit with the varnish, so they should end up being very close with the back some 4 - 5 hz higher.

lunes, 12 de mayo de 2014

lunes, 28 de abril de 2014

# 117 finished

#117 is a 2A blanca with western red cedar soundboard and mediterranean cypress backs and sides. Scale is 650mm and nut is 52mm. The guitar is French polished. The price is 2000,-€ and it includes a hardcase.