Friday, April 30, 2010

Gluing the top on the Medieval fiddle.

This is the second top I made for this flat-topped Medieval fiddle. Thin, fragile spruce. Maybe a bad choice on my part. The plans called for two cross braces, but looking at it, flexing it, with the two braces in place, I decided I wanted some sort of bass-bar. After all, the plans do call for a soundpost. Guessing on the brace dimensions -- it is an experiment.


After cleaning up the rib-side edge a little, with final shaping to follow, I glued the top to the ribs. It's a box!



  1. este es un ejemplo de violin con disfraz de medieval... los componentes que se muestran en la foto no son de un medieval fiddle. un medieval fiddle tiene otros elementos internos y otra distribucion de los elementos.. aqui la cuerda de sol esta en el costado derecho de la tabla armonica.en los instrumentos medievales iva al medio de la tabla por ejemplo.

  2. Google Translate gives the following translation: "This violin is an example of medieval costume with ... the components shown in the photo are not a medieval fiddle. a medieval fiddle has other internal elements and other elements distribution .. here is the G string on the right side of the soundboard. VAT medieval instruments in the middle of the table for example."

    Yes, I certainly will not claim that this is completely authentic. I am building with the plans I have at hand, as well as comparing to images from Medieval illustrations.

    My plan is to string it as a viola -- C, G, D, A -- but in the conventional (or perhaps modern) order so I can play it.