Day 4

(You should start on Day 1)
Bob Tedrow
Homewood Music
Tedrow Concertinas
Burns Banjos

After both tops are carefully lined up and bolted together, I drill a couple of small holes to  accept a few 2/56 brass binding head screws.  This will hold the tops together securely while I cut the fretwork.

Securing the tops

Now I move back to the drill press and drill a hole through every part that must be cut out of the fretwork.

Now this takes some time on a big instrument.  The blade must be removed and replaced for each cutour.

I just takes patience and attention to detail at this point.  Scroll sawing  requires a bit of practice.  The blade responds to the grain direction; the blade breaks and scares the bejesus out of me as I concentrate on creating a gentle flow in the wood.  Depending on the wood and the thickness I have to decide on a proper blade.  

I am asked many times "How did you learn to build concertinas?"  I started by soaking an antique concertina in a bucket of water and soaked it till it fell apart, then recorded the dimensions of the pieces.  In all truthfullness, I learned by building a bad concertina, changing one variable, then building a less bad concertina.

Over and over. For years.

Definately not the way you want your surgeon to learn his craft.

I was in the habit a couple years ago of putting concertinas on the road and inviting players to check out the concertina, mail it to another player etc.   I kept note of all the comments and used the information for a reality check and to make changes in my work.  Here are the notes I recieved on the 2003 Tour

I may not get another page up for a day or so, but I will try to provide interesting reading until the fretwork is completed.


Day 5