Building a musical instrument from a kit can be a rewarding experience, and a great way to get started in lutherie. But it is time consuming and demands much attention to detail.
My daughter wanted a fiddle, and I wanted to build something from a kit, and so we bought one from Stewart MacDonald! We did not complete it as quickly as we would have liked, but we eventually completed it and it turned out nicely.
Here’s a small set of pictures taken during the process.
Leveling the installed purfling
Purfling installation on top complete
Back purflings completely installed
Purflings installed, ‘box’ closed
Violin Scroll before final sanding
First base coat of yellow in finishing
Finish during pumice/polish steps
The completed fiddle
Installing the tail piece and chin rest
Amateur Luthier, woodworker, music enthusiast, software enthusiast
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