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In the White

February 17, 2010


I haven’t posted anything in a while so I thought I’d take a few pictures of a tenon saw handle I’m finishing up. I always find it interesting to see what work looks like before it is finished–when it is “in the white,” as violin makers say. You can really get a good look at it that way.


My handles are shaped by hand, using various saws, rasps, chisels, scrapers, and files. With this design I changed things up a bit–instead of rounding the front of the tote, I made the front upright and the top flat, and then incorporated my scroll and lamb’s tongue. I wanted to use some straighter lines to act as counterpoint to the curved and more organic elements. Just something a little different. Thanks for looking.

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