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Double Octobass

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Just finished squaring up the first corner block for my double octobass. Now I just need to finish making it while my helper is still small enough to climb inside and set the soundpost. 

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Your helper looks a lot like mine. She recently figured out how to mix glue with paint, now everything's covered in rainbow goop! Enjoy while it lasts, they grow up so fast.....

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Yes, enjoy it.  My "little" helper used to put Disney princess stickers all over my stuff.  Now she's almost 19 and I'm hoping the stickers won't fall off my stuff to remind me of that time!

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On 7/17/2019 at 12:16 PM, baroquecello said:

let me get this straight, not an octobass, but a double octobass???

It just struck me that that piece of wood, which I was turning into a bench, looked rather like a good corner block for something massive. Why not a double octobass? 

 

On 7/19/2019 at 1:09 AM, Michael K. said:

Like this one?

 

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Nice pic Michael K. I've never seen/heard one in person, but I hear the orchestra in Montreal has one, and I've been tempted to make a trip up there to see it sometime, since it's not terribly far from me. 

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On 7/16/2019 at 7:33 AM, Mampara said:

Your helper looks a lot like mine. She recently figured out how to mix glue with paint, now everything's covered in rainbow goop! Enjoy while it lasts, they grow up so fast.....

 

On 7/17/2019 at 11:49 AM, kubasa said:

Yes, enjoy it.  My "little" helper used to put Disney princess stickers all over my stuff.  Now she's almost 19 and I'm hoping the stickers won't fall off my stuff to remind me of that time!

Yes, it has been fun, but she is growing fast. I tried not to steer her too hard into my own interests, but when she started flipping over her little kiddie chairs trying to fix loose seats and tried to fix the loose latch of the library door, etc... I realized I needed to get her a real toolbox and let her start helping out. Still no really sharp tools or violin work yet.

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Adorable! Mine is almost 4, and one thing that's been fun is to give her a good vegetable peeler and very soft wood and/or wood with easily peeling bark. You can suggest she try to make a spoon, or just have fun whittling. Then walk away, don't help unless she asks.

The newly ten-year-old built himself a motorcycle this summer (motorbike kit), and he has a continuous go-kart project. I spent less on all of my actual cars. But considering how many violin makers are also engineering-inclined, he may come back around to violins. For sure, being around violin making constantly has made making and fixing things so normal, whatever the things are. I'm grateful for that, absolutely! He's never asked for an Xbox...too many things to make.

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My oldest son is now a practicing luthier and is one year away from receiving his first social security check! My youngest son is a graphic designer who is almost too anxious to inherit my tool infested workshop. I have been blessed with grandchildren of both sex;watching them grow up has forced me to develop a theory concerning parenting: keep the boys out of jail and the girls out of the maternity hospital.

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On 8/3/2019 at 10:57 AM, TimDasler said:

 

Yes, it has been fun, but she is growing fast. I tried not to steer her too hard into my own interests, but when she started flipping over her little kiddie chairs trying to fix loose seats and tried to fix the loose latch of the library door, etc... I realized I needed to get her a real toolbox and let her start helping out. Still no really sharp tools or violin work yet.

A box of offcuts, some bench space, imagination and glue can go a long way to foster a love for making things. No need to steer, with time and a lot of patience it happens all by itself. Before you know it, you will be making another workbench!

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