Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Horsehead pochette

Strung it up today.  String length is about 1/4-size violin. I experimented with various soundhole shapes, then finally decided to go modern/archaic. Viking longboat, with the curves being the upper and lower bouts. Top is spruce from near McCall, Idaho.

Back was an abondoned full-size violin back, European tonewood.

Neck is carved from a chunk of maple stock. Fingerboad is salvaged from an older fiddle. Width of the fingerboard is more normally full-sized, though the string length is 1/4.

Detail of horsehead. Inspired by photos I had seen of Norwegian Ale Bowls.

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thorskegga/4105357103/in/faves-23218266@N06/

Full-size fiddle at back. "Glasgow ca. 1780" inspired kits on either side of the new horsehead kit. 

More on the Glasgow kit: http://www.theglasgowstory.com/image.php?inum=TGSE00590