Where to put my f-hole cutter…

An f-hole cutter is used to cut the circular holes at the top and bottom of the f-holes.  This is the first step in cutting out the f-hole.  Commonly an f-hole cutter is used to prevent grain tear-out.  A pilot hole is drilled and the f-hole cutter is used to make the final cut, a bit from both sides.

My issue was that my f-hole cutter came in a bag.  After honing the cutters, I had nowhere to put them neatly, so they wouldn’t get damaged.  I solved this by building a small box.  The box is maple with paduke top and bottom, finished with tung nut oil.

Or-Kid-stra

I’ve recently had the pleasure of helping the OrKidStra group.  Olivia Pelling (www.finestrings.ca) invited me to assist in repairing and setting up their stock of instruments in anticipation of the new school term.  OrKidStra’s mandate is to give children from under-served communities the opportunity to learn and make music together, inspired by El Sistema of Venezuela.