Monday, August 2, 2010

navigator work: top planks

This rather fuzzy shot was taken after removing the clamps for the port side top planks. Since then the starboard ones have been readied and dry fitted, and with a bit of luck and tolerable weather, they might be glued in the next few days. The sheerline here is very bumpy and has not been trimmed; having been cut a little over height to allow for adjustments of fitting and curve. Even the texture of the plywood is fuzzy and woolly from exposure to moist air.

Despite the boards having nicely planed edges, they still appear bumpy here, but I remind my self that these edges will look much better when given the torture board treatment to make lines flow through the slight irregularities caused by intermittent screwing around some very strong bends.

Now if you move your computer screen fifteen metres away and squint your eyes as much as they can be squeezed without extruding all light completely, and if you then apply your imagination loosely and with abandon, then you might get a picture of some nice shapes that may be revealed one day...

A while ago I wrote a post about a varnish restoration job for a French violin. That was picked up last week by the owner, but the player who had brought it in (the owner's husband) was away on tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (he is a long standing senior violinist in that wonderful organisation). Well, he rang yesterday to say how very pleased he was with the results, and was quite emphatic in his enthusiasm. I only report on this because I know my post resounded with my anxiety at having to meddle with the varnish at all.

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