This violin surprisingly does not suffer in sound, despite the two large knots in the top. I don't envy the person who had to carve, and scrape this evenly. The knots must have taken some time to work into an even surface, with some wacky chisel moves around the swirl in the grain.
This fiddle has a cool fingerprinted varnish. something I had not seen yet. The gradation in the finish is done by layering varnish thickly using your fingers and supplementing with brushing on and polishing off further layers. the upper bout of the back looks like leopard spots.
Sometimes results are slow in the coming. This is an afternoons work shaping fingerboards and fittings. The pile above is about the size of my hand. Fingerboard blanks are pretty big and need a lot of material removed. To the right are two boards one new and one shaped and finished. the size difference is pretty apparent. below is the board and nut ready to be glued into place.
Here are a set of scrolls. You can see the quality of carving improve from top down. Getting a nice even ascention from step to step with each curl is a good indicator of quality. The scroll, while contributing nothing to the sound, is a nice indicator of the overall quality of a violin. If you know what to look for that is.
People always ask about and, for some reason, trust their violins label. The truth is they may as well all be like this. Its rare to find one that is 100% factual. and most are utter lies, or half truths. I understand the impulse to cling to a nice easy to read label written in fake latin or italian. but never trust a label. The only important thing is how the fiddle is made.
Anyway..this made me laugh, and inspired me to make my own faked labels.
Luthier jokes are terribly rare and inside.