Workbench Archive: Stradivari

A new (old) way to clamp ribs

This way of clamping with string and a dowel is very simple, it applies plenty of clamping pressure to the glue joint and it is light weight. I was introduced to this way of clamping ribs to the blocks by Joe Grubaugh at Oberlin this year. I was amazed. The way I was taught...
Posted by Michael Doran on October 30, 2009

Rib Structures: Blocks and Molds

I am varnishing the cello we’ve been following right now. This ends up giving me a bit of time in between coats to work on other things. So, I have started the next cello. More about varnish later. Ribs are the sides of the instrument. They are what gives the air...
Posted by Michael Doran on May 31, 2009

Madder Root

Madder root is a traditional material used for dyeing. Madder root has been used by people for thousands of years, most famously perhaps to dye Turkish carpets their distinctive red. The plants grew originally in what is now Afghanistan and now have been spread and cultivated...
Posted by Michael Doran on May 13, 2009