Baroque Lute Build

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Michael.N.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Michael.N. » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:30 pm

The curved fan brace is called a J bar. I don't think anyone knows the real reason why, just that someone did it and it somehow become the standard. Perhaps the chap that first did it had a big reputation and everyone just followed regardless whether it did anything great at all!
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by geoff-bristol » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:59 pm

Thanks - will do some j bar research !

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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:21 pm

Hi Geoff. I am afraid I dont have much to say regarding the Rose or the J bar... this is my first lute and I am just following the plans.

Regarding the rose, I would suggest you to pick a simple version. It is very hard to make it look good using the more complex patterns, and the simple ones all look very nice.
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ryeman » Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:16 pm

I think one of the keys to carving a neat crisp rose is to use the right wood. I always used spruce that had spring and summer growth rings that were even in density, as far as possible. The last thing you want is wood that is hard /soft /hard /soft when cutting through it.

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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:53 am

This week I made the fretboard.
The worst part was to plane and scrape the ebony to its final thickness...
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Then I cut the little decorative points, and its correspondent space in the spruce top:
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Glued the fretboard using hot hide glue:
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And this is how my lute looks right now. We're getting closer to the end !
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by tateharmann » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:48 am

Super cool - it's getting close!!
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by Ricardo Barros » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:43 pm

A few important details this week.

I removed the brown protective paper from the back of the neck:
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Then I made the little points that go on the sides of the bridge:
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And made and installed the ebony bindings, and finally began the finishing of the instrument.
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Still waiting the delivery of the strings, gut frets and the peghole reamer, but now the conclusion of this adventure is getting really close !
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Re: Baroque Lute Build

Post by tateharmann » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:48 pm

Awesome can't wait to hear it!
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