Day 16 Marking the F holes
Today violin maker Derek Roberts starts work on the F holes or sound holes. They will be marked out on the front plate of the violin which was thicknessed in the previous stage.
A template of thin plywood is used to give the shape of the F hole. This template belongs to the particular Stradivarius model which Derek is making.
The template is placed on the front plate and drawn round with a pencil. Accurate positioning of the F holes is important as this will determine the position of the bridge and the length of the vibrating strings.
Next Derek uses a gouge to flute the edge of the F holes. The purpose of the fluting is purely aesthetic.
The fluting is finished with a steel scraper.
The centres of the top and bottom holes of each F hole are marked with a scriber, and then drilled out with a hand drill.
|In the next stage Derek cuts the F holes out.|
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