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New Five-String Fiddle on the Way

 
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Chet Bishop
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:47 am    Post subject: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way Reply with quote

I am chronicling the building of a new 5-string fiddle, over on my website. It is a commissioned instrument for a person who wanted specific woods used (primarily Oregon woods), including Ipe for the fingerboard, saddle and nut.

The back plate is very wild-grained Big-leaf maple, and the belly is fine-grained Sitka spruce.

If anyone is interested, the link is here:
https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/01/03/commissioned-handmade-five-string-fiddle-beginning/
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I DO like your purfling and scrolls Mr. Bishop! Off to a nice start.

What gave you trouble with the Ipe? I’ve messed with it a bit and have to agree it does have its challenges.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:59 am    Post subject: Ipe challenges? Reply with quote

Extremely hard. This piece is harder than any ebony I have dealt with, so it is a lot of work to get the shape right, and you have to watch out for splinters all the time, or they will be in your skin.

I don't like the color when it is freshly cut, but it darkens nicely, especially with a little oil, and this customer had seen the Ipe fingerboard on a five-string cello I made, and requested it for her fiddle...so, here we are! It will be fine. It is just a lot of work, and not everyone appreciates the change. Ebony is really nice, but it is becoming more scarce, so....
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prepped a number of bow blanks not that long ago and quickly discovered the splinters that go along with Ipe!

Following your updates, looking really good. That one piece back should be lovely with some finish on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:13 pm    Post subject: New Five-String Fiddle on the Way Reply with quote

Thanks! I hope she loves it!

She is currently playing an earlier 5-string I made, as a loaner, while I build her custom 5-string fiddle. She is getting more and more happy with it. Four-string players have to "find a use" for that fifth string. She is finding low harmonies very satisfying.

I hope to complete the back plate this weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:18 pm    Post subject: 5-string fiddle update Reply with quote

Here is another update: the body (corpus) is closed, leaving a fair amount of final carving and scraping before the instrument will be ready for varnishing.
https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/02/03/commissioned-5-string-fiddle/

I think it will be a good fiddle. It feels good, and sounds good when I tap it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:02 am    Post subject: Completed five string fiddle Reply with quote

Here is the final installment on that commissioned five-string, for anyone interested:
https://fivestringfiddles.com/2020/02/12/completed-five-string-fiddle/

The customer gave her enthusiastic blessing to my taking the instrument to the Wintergrass festival and exhibiting it with my other work, so that is where it is going next week. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot to like there, Chet! Very nice!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, that is a beautiful fiddle!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice as always. The tree may have done the work as you say, but you provided enhancements. I do like your purfling work, especially on the back, well done.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:15 pm    Post subject: Thanks. Reply with quote

Thanks, folks! I hope the exhibition at Wintergrass goes well. I have never been there before.
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