The progress reports
Each week we update this page with new photos of instruments in progress. The updates will usually be on Tuesday.
We hope that you enjoy seeing the progress on your instrument and those of others who have them on order.
Week ending January 3, 2005
This year we are happy to welcome Pavel and Chris to our shop. I missed snapping a shot of Pavel. Here's Chris, no doubt carefully considering sage advice from Cali...
MG39 (P.W.) being strung
MG41 (D.C.): the wheel blank
MG41: wheel blank being turned to size and trimmed to shape
MG41: the body drilled for shaft and wheel
MG42 (N.T.) drilled for the shaft, with the soundboard ready for gluing
MG43 (D.D) the back is glued on and trimmed to size
Orca in the last stages of finishing
Parts for another Orca ready for bending
Spanish cedar prepped for making into soundboard and back of a Marcello Bono model Minstrel Gurdy.
LB6 (S.D.): Shaping the new form
LB6: The wood for the ribs cut and sanded to thickness
We did take a little time off for a Christmas Eve celebration with the Reil family.
Following our Christmas Day tradition, we spent most of the day working on one wall of our bedroom. When it's done, it will have paneling on the lower part and burgandy, gold, and green stripes flanked by very fine Celtic knotwork on the upper part. Of course here it doesn't look like much, because so much of the work involved removing the deep texturing that was already on the wall.
Here we are a bit farther on, with the wall painted its base color and the first stripes being painted.
Thanks for watching - tune in next week!
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Alden and Cali Hackmann
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