Day 24 Finishing
Today violin maker Derek Roberts finishes shaping the edge and does the final scraping.
First Derek cuts a chamfer around the front and back edges.
A file is used to soften the edges of the chamfer.
The file does not give a very fine finish, so the shaping and smoothing of the edges is completed with abrasive papers of different grades. Derek uses a cork to support the abrasive paper as he shapes the corner.
Derek uses a thin strip of wood as he shapes the bottom bout.
He uses a small teardrop shaped scraper around the margin of the instrument, where the arch rises up to meet the edge.
This picture shows how the edgework and the fluting over the purfling blend together.
The whole instrument is then scraped very lightly - front, back, ribs and scroll. This produces a better finish on the larger surfaces of the instrument than can be achieved with abrasive paper.
The violin is ready for varnishing.
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