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What's currently happening on my workbench
In the following posts, you can learn and see what is currently happening in the workshop of Thomas Brenneur. Making of news instruments, exhibitions, the general news etc...

The JMM violin is ready !
Friday, November 17 2006 11:09
The Young musicians of the world violin is ready ! Below you can see the first pictures of the finished violin. I have done the setup with boxwood accessories to respect the baroque style of this model. This violin will be exhibited and played tonight ( Nov 17) at the Métropolis in Montréal during the annual fund raising event. It will also be displayed in Quebec city on November 23rd at the "Palais des congrès". The auction of this instrument is starting tonight. And the total amount of the sale will be donated to Young Musicians of the World.

Violin scroll

The varnish
Tuesday, November 07 2006 14:59
I just finished varnishing the violin. On that subject, I thanks the Violin Making School. The school gave me access to their varnish room and uv box. As you can see on the pictures below. I have used an oil varnish that I made. This varnish has a nice amber tone with some reddish tint and is very transparent. I am now going to let it harden before polishing and setting up the instrument.

Varnishing the violin
Varnishing the violin scroll
Varnishing the violin
Varnishing the violin

Varnishing the violin

Varnishing the violin
That's it !
Saturday, October 28 2006 10:02
The violin has been assembled. As we say it is "in white". This means that it is finished, but not yet varnished and set-up. I am now going to do some finishing and prepare it for the varnish.

violin in the white

violin in the white

violin in the white
All the components !
Monday, October 23 2006 22:12
Here is a picture that shows all the main violin components. I have now to close the body, insert the neck and finish the handle. And after that, varnish and set-up the instrument.

all the violin components
Top completed
Monday, October 23 2006 22:04
The top is done ! I have finished graduating it, cut the f-holes, glued, shaped and tuned the bass-bar. I am know ready to close the body of the violin.

violin f-holes

violin f-holes
Assembly of the violin
Sunday, October 22 2006 15:10
As you may see on the next picture. I have started the assembly of the violin. I have glued the ribs on the bottom plate. And I have added the linings on the top side.

violin assembly

I also added a label to identify the violin. And associate it to the "Young Musicians of the World":

violin label
Thinning the plates
Friday, October 13 2006 13:45
As you can see below, I have carved the inside of the plates (Top and Bottom) to remove the unnecessary wood. I am know carving them to reach the right thickness and the right flexibility:

Violin plates

As soon as the plates will be tunes, I will be able to cut the f-holes, and add the bass-bar on the top plate.
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