The big project of the moment is correcting the arching of a bass table. It had had a bass bar that was fitted with with far too much tension causing the whole table to warp. The sound post side was also pushed up out of proportion. So I built a bass shaped container and made a plaster form of the table. After correcting the plaster form I needed to find a way of applying even pressure over the entire table. This is usually done with bags of sand, but hey, since mid november all the sand has been frozen under half a metre of snow. What to do? Hmmm....Pling!! Sugar is like sand.
When I started the business I got lots of advice about how I should put exactly everything that I buy through the business to save on tax. Well, I haven't actually done that in practice. Apart from not feeling entirely honest, it makes for a lot of boring bookkeeping, so things that I buy for the workshop go through the business, and the rest I pay for myself. I maybe the poorer for it but I do sleep well. Relevance? My brainwave was that I could buy loads of sugar to press in to my bass form and then afterwards take it home to make pretty christmas candy. 1. bass form (tick) 2. cosy family activity (tick) 3. edible christmas presents (tick)
Welcome to the virtual incarnation of my workshop where you can find out about the different aspects of my work - without disturbing me. My website http://www.basscare.se/ is being kept as simple as possible. Here is where you'll find the stuff I chat to my customers about, or stuff that I would chat to my customers about if there was more time and I was more chatty. Feel free to browse around and if you'd like to get updates in your facebook newsfeed click on 'like' at my facebook page: Elinore Morris - instrument maker www.facebook.com/Basscare. The colours of this blog attempt to match the colours of the inside of the workshop, which has been renovated with historically accurate linseed oil based paint, and you can see a snippet of the newly sanded wooden floor.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
This is no ordinary bass. It was once the property of the virtuoso Sergei Koussevitsky. Not to be confused with Gary Karr's alleged "Amati" which he got from Koussevitsky's widow, this "Tononi" is a much smaller instrument (string length 97cm, though you would never guess from looking at it). According to the seller there is no proof that it was in fact made by Tononi but it does in all likelihood come from Bologna around 1720. It certainly is a magnificent instrument and it has the most wonderful form and full arching which is not evident in this picture. Accompanying the instrument is some interesting documentation and I hope that its present owner will be able to piece together and bring to light a considerably more exciting story than what is presently available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Koussevitzky
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
It was so pretty this morning when the sun came up that I took my goat skin outside for a quick photo shoot.
But it was so cold -14 or something that I had to hurry back inside. I'm using the cellar of this lovely building for my kora project, at least the skinning part. It used to be the kitchen where they made all the food for the course participants a hundred years ago. Here is the old stove:
The goat skin is from Senegal, shaved african style with a razor blade.