By Bruce Berg
HatchSpace continues to exceed my expectations in terms of the community of thoughtful and supportive woodworkers associated there. I am enjoying having access to the top-notch power tools here, but also, I’m getting insight into the work of the other woodworkers using the space.
This week, I was able to look over Doug Cox’s shoulder as he worked on the body of a violin. His level of skill and craftsmanship is astounding, of course, and he was happy to answer a myriad of questions I had about his process, and about the design and construction of his instruments. Since my focus is on building furniture, where the challenge is simply to control dimensions so things fit properly, I was interested in knowing more about the added complexities of working on a musical instrument where there are so many more variables that effect how the finished work will perform. Doug is lucid, and thorough in his explanations, and patient, too. Being in the presence of first-class woodworkers like Doug is both educational and inspiring.