The progress reports
Each week (hopefully) we update this page with new photos of instruments in progress. The updates will usually be on Monday.
We hope that you enjoy seeing the progress on your instrument and those of others who have them on order.
Week ending July 7, 2005
It's been a long time since I last posted pictures. This certainly isn't everything we've been doing: there are several instruments I didn't have a chance to take pictures of before they went to their new homes. We've also been putting in a dust collection system (finally) that will keep the shop cleaner and allow us to work faster (because we won't have to share R2-D2, our current shop vacuum.)
The biggest news is the arrival of a new puppy in our lives about a month ago: a miniture Dachshund female named Elliot. (We picked the name first, regardless of gender.) She's an adorable 5 pounds now.
Her favorite sport is trying to dig up the moles in our yard. Here she is after a vigorous digging session. Just look at that muddy tongue!
PS's electroacoustic VG comes in for replacement of the electronics package and some other adjustments.
JD's renaissance model: gluing in the corner braces
sanding the body on the curved jig
laying out the back
milling out the inside of the peghead
cutting out the peghead
not shown: the back and peghead support are glued on
cranks and handles for 2 Orcas, JD's, and NT's Minstrel
NT's minstrel (behind) and DC's minstrel (front)
NT's Minstrel, ready for final setup
DC's custom soundhole inserts
JK's Minstrel: rubbing out the finish
LR's Volksgurdy: A lot of redesign work and research went into this instrument, and it really paid off: the sound and feel of the gurdy is the very best we've ever made. The innovations from this instrument will be reflected in our other models.
JP's OR: final assembly
The keys are in - almost ready for stringing.
Thanks for watching - tune in next week!
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Alden and Cali Hackmann
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