I got into violin making out of curiosity. I’m do it yourself type of person and like exploring and understanding how things work.

Some people says that the violin is a generator of free energy because it amplifies the sound of the strings without any external energy input. The miracle of the resonance inside of the violin body has not been completely understood yet. Nobody really knows how exactly the resonance works in the violin and why the shape and the sizes have to be the way they are.

There seems to be some magic in the ratios of the violin shape that nobody understands. Many attempts at changing the shape, ratios and the sizes have resulted in worsening of the sound.

Many craftsmen have tried but nobody has managed to improve on the shape of the violin for centuries. The fundamental design of the violin has remained the same. The secret of Stradivari hasn’t been discovered yet.

For my first violin scroll I decided to follow the steps described in the book “The Art of Violin Making” by Chris Johnson.

The first thing that is needed in order to build a scroll is a pattern and wood. I got the wood from International Violin. I took a picture of the scroll of my own violin to use as a pattern. I glued the picture to the piece of wood:

The tools used for violin making are very important. The higher quality the tools the better.

I use Dastra gouges for the shaping:

This is how the scroll looks after the shaping:

The wood for my first scroll turned out to be defective. The picture shows the defect of the wood.
I filled the defect with super glue and was thinking about restoring the wood but decided to leave it as is and start again using another piece of wood.

International Violin sent me another piece of wood for free as a replacement for the defective one.

Violin making is addictive. The process of continuous improvement by removal of the wood until the perfect shape is achieved is very similar to software development and it feels great.

Violin making is like software development. It is difficult to get it right but it feels great when you do it.

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2012-01-17