So here are some happy luthiers working in a clean and well-organized shop, making all kinds of instruments without one shaving on the floor! I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the portrayal of a busy lutherie shop but the tools shown are not only accurate but still in common use.
I found this print from Denis Diderot’s encyclopedia somewhere on-line a while ago. I thought some of you might enjoy it. Click and it gets bigger
Here are a few tools and some of the tasks I use them for.
This small bench hook has become a necessity for trimming binding and linings, cutting nuts and bridges to length, notching braces and planing small parts.
I use a violin maker’s finger plane and paring chisels to shape braces. The sole of the plane is a little convex in length and width and makes it easy to add a gentle sweep to the shape of braces.
My bandsaw lives in the garage and this knife has saved me trips to the bandsaw on rainy days or at times when I prefer to take a little more time and enjoy the quiet while cutting soundboards, backs and sides to profile, slicing spruce for thin braces, cutting strips of veneer, etc.
When I say, ‘Meditate on the Self’ I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness.