A local shipwright, Boatguy, gave us some of his offcuts to use as kindling –

It’s hard to see from this bad shot, but the pieces are about 3mm thick and 3″ wide – perfect to plane down and use for fiddle ribs. There are a couple of pieces that might be large enough for a fiddle neck. The woods are various African hardwoods of which Boatguy has a 9000 pound stash.* There are even a couple of small chunks of fir or spruce that will serve for bass bars. With the molds supplied by Brandon, and some spruce scraps** the next fiddle is ready to get underway.

* I’m not even kidding – they weighed the trailer when hauling the wood to the shop. It’s a small fraction of the wood he’s hoarding saving for Special Projects. And Some People complain about the size of my wool stash…

** It’s near impossible to get a boat builder to part with any old, tight-grained spruce larger than a cubic inch in size, but I’m still hoping for enough to make a fiddle top…

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