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Impressive feat from Ken over at Instructables, who writes:

All up it took me 10 months of Sundays, from the time I decided to start to finished product. I had never made a violin before, and my carbon fibre skills were below basic. It was a huge learning curve but between the info on the net and getting your hands dirty and “givin it a go,” anything is possible.

He laid up all the parts himself from loose carbon fiber cloth, into molds of his own manufacture, using a vacuum bag to apply the resin. A large number of his early plates were rejected for poor tone, as judged by a simple “tap” test.


Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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