Carving a Violin Photo Sequence

The Gemini Carver is an excellent tool for the professional luthier. It is a solid unit that accurately duplicates faceplates, backplates, and scroll work. Archtop guitar, violin, viola, and other fine stringed instrument makers can benefit from the increase in overall production, not to mention the reduction in rough carving labor. Using the Gemini to rough-cut your instrument pieces will leave you more time to apply your hand to fine detail work on the instruments you build. The Gemini is easy to use. The duplicating arms are perfectly balanced, giving the luthier ultra-fine control of the cutter.

Unlike other duplicators (which can be flimsy) this tool incorporates a very rigid structure, resulting in the cutter precisely following the 3D pattern of the original piece. In addition, the Gemini has a unique brake mechanism which stabilizes the cutting action in two dimensions.

Starting from a block of maple.

The plate takes shape!

Additional passes for cleanup.

Carving the inside of the plate. Original and copy are mounted on a homemade jig.

Total time from block to plate: 1 hour.

Allred and Associates, Inc.
321 Route 5 West, PO Box 321
Elbridge, New York 13060
p: 315.252.2559   f: 315.252.0502