The Bass Book, by Roger Hargrave

Rodger Hargrave is as far as I can tell, not just an expert, he is the expert. He makes violins, really good violins. As far as I can tell, perfect violins. But that is not all. He has a quick wit, amazing skills and serious expertise. All this and he has gracefully shared his methods. He is generous enough to banter with the likes of me on Maestronet When he is not earning a living producing masterpieces, he often shares his knowledge in detail and generously. So if you want to visit the best, then by all means go to his website.

But the real meat of this post is that he has recently made available his book detailing the making of a double bass. This is the real deal given freely by him under Creative Commons license, here is the link to his library. So if you want a detailed walk through to building a true master work, here it is. A master work detailed by a true living master.
The read only version, in PDF form.
The Version for printing a Book, also provided in PDF form.

Roger Hargrave requested help in distributing his book. Who am I to protest!

Bob

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Binding Groove Cutter
Above is a Binding Groove Cutter or perhaps a Gramil exquisitely crafted and photographed by Christophe Mineau.

Christophe Mineau is a kindred soul and an amazing craftsman who is nine years younger than I am and a hundred years ahead of me in craftsmanship!   His musical instruments are a delight, his tools a wonder and his methods are solid and clever.   His website is in French and English, so you can enjoy his work in two languages.    There is really no point in my going on and on here, although there is a lot to go on and on about.  Go to his site and enjoy!

Bob

Pocket Burnisher for Scrapers, Macarons and a Game Update

Birdcage Awl is also a Burnisher
If you read my previous birdcage awl post, you might recognize this tool. This was the real purpose of the tool, it is a fun and convenient twist that this tool also works as a pocket birdcage awl. This will allow a straight edge burnish and angled burnishes. This is ideal for curved burnishers.

The rest of the post is about cookies and games, so ignore the [MORE] if you are just here for the woodworking!

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Birdcage Awl Made Easy!

How about a quick easy project! How about quickly making a tool you will never want to be without!
Bird Cage Awl from a distance

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Making a Nut Float

The problem with making tools, is that eventually you have all the tools you really need. I have met this problem and figured out how to conquer it! Simply manufacture the need! In this case I have decided to make a mandolin.

This requires a bunch of new tools! Since I want to learn luthery, I have started out by doing repair, adjustment and fine tuning. Repairing a range of instruments means even more tools.

One such tool is for cutting or adjusting the notch in the nut to take a string. Ideally you want a perfect fit. Of course you could just buy a set of nut files, but since you need a nut file per string size this could mean four files for a basic mandolin. If you broaden you range, you can quickly find a need for quite a few nut files.

Here is a small collection of string sets;
String Sets

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