Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Darkened the leather and started riveting the silver fittings on.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Finished the silver work today, all that is left is to make the belt loops, darken the leather and assemble the sheath(and final polishing and oiling).
Here is a picture of the "West Norse hoard":

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm sorry for not posting pictures of the finished sax here is a quick picture, I'll take better ones when I finish the sheath:



It has been a rough week, with work (things taking WAY longer than I though they would and less time in the shop than I normally have), working nights at the family business(ever try to work all day till you are tired and then "go to work") and other unplanned time sinks.
Another slow day on the silver front, working on the rings.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Had a terrible time on the throat piece but finally got it to where it should be. Here are the mountings so far:

I still have the belt loop fittings, rings, and the edge clips to do.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sorry for not posting over the weekend,
Here is Friday's progress (well the photogenic part anyway), this is the fitting that goes next to the mouth of the sheath.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Working on the silver sheath mounts (and accidentally deleted the pictures from memory card).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Here is the leather for the sheath after forming and trimming (the projections on the top will be trimmed down to match the silver ring holders):

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Finished the grip this morning, re-polished part of the blade that I wasn't happy with(but now am), and formed the leather for the sheath. Now to start building a new website that I need to have finished by April, while the leather dries.
Finished the carving, darkened, and started oiling the grip:
It is hard to capture the effect that this darkening process produces, the wood takes on a translucent quality and the light plays in it different ways depending on the angle, changing it from very dark to lighter shades and highlighting the carving.
I need to give the grip a few more coats of linseed oil, and it will be finished.

On to the sheath.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More carving today, over/under definition, rounding, and started on the accent lines.
The beast on the right has all the lines carved, on the left beast you can see the pencil lines that will be cut in late.
Spent the day carving out the background on the grip.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shaped, polished, and engraved the bolster today (and drew the carving design on the grip this evening after I took the picture).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mounted the blade in the grip and casted on the silver alloy bolster.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shaped the grip this evening and carved fenirir on the butt, the design is from a Manx cross and I added a bit more detail.
Cut out, inlet, and profiled the grip this morning.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Here is a test piece I did of the carving for the grip and of the Norse wood darkening method on the oak.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tax day

No work got done today because I had do my taxes.

I could rant about how I hate taxes and how they are not fair, BUT I really love living here and as Corrie says, "think of it as the price of sunshine, palm tree, and peace." Well said.

Might make it to the shop later tonight for some materials testing for the grip of this sax.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Polished the blade today, on to the hilt tomorrow.

Sorry for the bad picture, I didn't have time to take a better one, the blade is actually straight on the back not bulged.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Heat treated the blade last night and gave it the final tempering cycle this morning.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Here is the day's progress:


I rough ground, and polished the blade so it is ready for HT tomorrow.

Mviolins.com website

I haven't been getting as much shop time as usual because I am building a website for my inlaws Violin making business. It isn't quite finished but you can take a look here:

mviolins.com

My father in-law makes incredible violins with a great sound and developed a proces that allows him to sell professional quality instruments at a VERY affordable price ($2000-2500). I get to work with him sometimes which has helped my wood working quite a bit (think nicer grip and scabbards).