For the 2nd Strad Titian copy I needed a new neck block (the previous one was re-purposed to complete my 2nd electric violin). I decided to go with locally sourced wood from a specialty wood shop about 100km from my home in Chilliwack, B.C. Its been unseasonably cold here in the lower mainland, but it was a beautiful trip towards the mountains. The shop is “Bow River / Artisan Wood to Works“. They have a variety of wood and include a decent selection of locally sourced maple and spruce for violin making. They have quite a selection of guitar and mandolin stock as well, and also service furniture makers and turners. I was especially pleased with some basebar stock. In general i find their maple to have a fairly wide grain. Here are some pictures of the area and shop!
Work on the f-holes for the Titian is almost complete! I think they turned out fairly well. Thickness at the largest part is about 6.2mm.