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Greetings from viola da gamba making bench!

I’ve been doing this for some time now and decided to share my ways with you. For me it’s strictly viols in all sizes. I’ve never build a violin in the past and I don’t plan to in the future. I don’t do it full time. It’s more like a chill out activity in my spare time to take my mind off things. Currently working on a tenor viol.

Here are some videos from my workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSMeBtIXr8Y  Enjoy!

 

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Henry, Hoping I can post this as a guest here ......  I must thank you for your YouTube videos.

By coincidence, I have just received drawings of the large Tenor by Richard Blunt in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford UK.   Just assembling my thoughts and materials and spotted your posts.  I have been making instruments (for fun mostly) for a long long time, but only one viol, a Rose Bass. Your care and attention to detail is inspirational  and I will be watching your videos with great interest.

Will you be doing a carved belly, or bent staves? I am undecided about this for my Blunt Tenor. It was built with staves, but I can't find enough info to risk going this way.  

Good wishes and thanks again for sharing so generously.

Peter. 

 

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On 4/21/2022 at 1:58 PM, PeterAshton said:

Will you be doing a carved belly, or bent staves? I am undecided about this for my Blunt Tenor. It was built with staves, but I can't find enough info to risk going this way.

I'll be doing a bent top plate. This time I'm going for 7 staves. There will be a detailed video about this process posted on my channel so stay tuned. In the meantime you can search the web for two most valuable pieces of information (at least in my opinion) on the topic of viol bent tops:

1. Viol Construction in 17th-Century England: An Alternative Way of Making Fronts by Dietrich M. Kessler in Early Music, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Jul., 1982), pp. 340-345

2. Making a Viol Soundboard by Shem Mackey in The Strad (Trade Secrets) March 2008

Also check out facebook/instagram of Gesina Liedmeier and Marc Soubeyran. There you'll find lots of useful photos.

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,Really inspiring stuff, thanks for sharing! You're like the Davide Sora of gamba.

Sorry to bring it up again, but I do find the music pretty distracting and unsuitable to the otherwise outstanding videography. Would it be possible to use some Renaissance/Baroque music, whether it includes gamba or not? I think it would elevate the experience. 

If not, I think the videos would be more enjoyable without music at all, just the sounds of tools on wood.

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On 9/26/2022 at 7:00 PM, JacksonMaberry said:

,Really inspiring stuff, thanks for sharing! You're like the Davide Sora of gamba.

Sorry to bring it up again, but I do find the music pretty distracting and unsuitable to the otherwise outstanding videography. Would it be possible to use some Renaissance/Baroque music, whether it includes gamba or not? I think it would elevate the experience. 

If not, I think the videos would be more enjoyable without music at all, just the sounds of tools on wood.

I totally agree. But in the land of YouTube you have to play by the rules and be careful with copyrights. It's not easy to find good quality and royalty free baroque/renaissance music.
As for the sounds of tools on wood first I would have to invest in a decent mic :D

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