Change of Plan


Traditional bass making bends the ribs to the sharp curves of the different bouts by first soaking them in water, and then bending them over a heated pipe. This did not work for us, and after repeated breakages we decided to use two laminations of thinner veneer, glued together with a layer of cloth in between. This method is something that we learned in our visit to Jim Hamm's workshop in Victoria. although we drew the line at using silk for the laminating cloth. We used urea-formaldehyde glue, which allowed a long lay-up time.