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Finally finished the bass. Also a cello and a violin, to be brought to the chamber music festival in Bantry at the weekend.

I'm delighted with the varnish, two coats of oil on the willow, and three on the head and front. I antiqued it lightly. Better pictures as soon as I have time.

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Well  over a year since I posted anything  here. 

This was finished  yesterday,  more or less.  I just have to build a bit of patina, especially  on the front. I carved all the details, edges and head, with just two gouged, a chisel ground  round, and a knife. The edgework was done a le Hargrave, first a deep narrow  cut over the purfling,  then a little  flat gouge up to the edge itself.  Working into the corners with the flat  gouge, and turning  it  sideways in order to get right to the end naturally left a little  triangle  of wood  at the point. I didn't scrape outside the purfling  at all, just left it from the gouge.

The colour  is  best represented  by  the  photo  of  the  head. Just a few snaps  on my phone. 

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