An update on progress. The 2nd Stainer 1679 is nearly complete with the back now glued to the ribs. Next the top will be attached and the neck mortised into the body.
Its usually at this point that I start looking forward to the next project. For the next instrument i’ll be following the ‘Il Cannone’ 1743 Violin by Giuseppe ‘del Jesu’ Guarneri.
The neck, back and ribs are aged European maple, chosen for similar figure patterns to the original. The belly will be made from Newfoundland black Spruce. This wood has higher strength than other species, but tends to be smaller and twist as it grows, making it very difficult to source. As a final touch the nut will be made from Tagua to simulate the ivory nut on the original ‘Il Cannone’. Known as vegetable ivory, its actually the nut of a tropical palm tree.
My ‘Il Cannone’ will have an outline which is an approximation of the original. This was a design choice. I went with a symmetrical outline, whereas the original has large variations.