The finished product.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It was customary for the Broadwood firm to mark the maker's number on the belly rail, wrestplank, stand, and music desk. Pictured below is the maker's number, 3448, inscribed in pencil on the lower belly rail, stamped on the top of the front section of the stand, and in ink on the bass section of the wrest plank. (Click on images to enlarge.)
The desk for this instrument, however, is stamped with the maker's number 1622.
Unfortunately, instrument number 1622, built in 1799, does not appear to have survived.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Before there were Home Depot, Ace or True Value Hardware stores, builders and craftsmen relied upon their local blacksmith for their supply of hand made nails, such as the ones pictured here.