Category Archives: Harpsichords and Spinets

A New Spinet… Almost Done

Hello everyone. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this site.  Work has rolled along and time has passed me by, like always for us all.  But I finally have something to show for the efforts.  You see … Continue reading

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Mending Cap Veneers

Hello everyone… Well, it’s been one of those autumns…. We recently had some atmospheric “issues” here in the shop and below you can see the results on the cap veneers on the spinet case. The front rail took the brunt … Continue reading

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Very Risky Wood Planing , 18th Century Style, or How to Get Out of a Self-Imposed Problem

Hello everyone: So now I’m back to making parts for holding the strings in the spinet.  I’ve begun with the bridge, the curved piece of cherry seen in the above photo.  It’s long and thin, sawn from a solid slab. … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our harpsichord maker Edward Wright.

This July 11th, Edward was recognized for his 30 years of service to Colonial Williamsburg. If you’ve stopped by the shop and listen to Ed, you know of his passion for his work and the breadth of his knowledge. He maintains … Continue reading

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Piercing Tongues

The jack tongues, that is… for the spinet. Hello all: In a little digression from my keyboard work (more on that to come, once I’ve consolidated all the pictures), I’ve been experimenting with a very simple but VERY effective method … Continue reading

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Spinet Jack Replacement on the Fly….

Hello all:   Some things just happen.  Came in this morning, first day back after weekend and found a busted spinet jack lying under the strings of our shop instrument.  What the…. No one knows what happened.  Doesn’t matter.  The … Continue reading

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Spinet Braces Attached

Hello all: Next phase of the spinet is complete.  I’ve glued and nailed the tulip poplar triangular knee braces into the interior of the case.  Follow the captions on the photos (don’t forget to click on them for closeup views) … Continue reading

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