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sometimes you just gotta have fun...

A present for my wife the gardener...a "3-prong digger".

Handle is wild grape vine...dried 3 years.  Finish is linseed oil + bone black then 3 coats of dark amber varnish for protection from the elements.

on we go,

Joe

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good eye!

 

I want the edges to be dark befor I start to varnish.  Then as I do edge wear...and any violin that has been played more than twice has edge wear...I do not have to contend with "fixing" the edge color...it is already there.

Joe

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The purfling has a bit sparkle, what may the center strip be? 

 

Nice ground color.  It helps to see your work to understand more about how to use the ground system. 

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Stephen,

That center strip may be boxwood.  I will check with the maker. 

I am glad you like the result.  However it is important to differentiate between wood color and the ground.

Joe

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good eye!

 

I want the edges to be dark befor I start to varnish.  Then as I do edge wear...and any violin that has been played more than twice has edge wear...I do not have to contend with "fixing" the edge color...it is already there.

Joe

how do you get the edges to be darker?  Is it a stain? 

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Mike,

I do this as part of my ground routine.  Everything I apply to the body of the instrument I do twice to the edges.  Then I add additional gray/green.  The photo-oxidation of the edges is must faster than the rest of the wood as it immediately worn upon use.

Joe

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On the bench during a varnishing workshop for local makers last week:  The first varnished violin I showed anyone....a half size for my grand daughter 13 years ago....and my latest violin.

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Hi Joe 

Please remind me: dilution for the balsam grounds - 3:1 or 2:1?

Attached my latest violin after #4.

Regards

John

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An illuminated ground next to a major glue ghost.  Time for a bit of retouch.

 

Examples like that make me wonder why anyone would think that glue as a ground would be a good thing.

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No magic. Just a palette of colors and varnish to mix and match..and a very small brush.

On the palette: Ivory black, Payne's gray, quinacridone gold, Greek Pitch Brown and Balsam Ground Varnish.

Object of the game: match the colors as close as you can using the least amount of pigment possible.

on we go,

Joe

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