Chip of a Day

Check see the effects of different steps of the bass building process on different kinds of wood.
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Who Doesn't Love Spirals?
Who Doesn't Love Spirals?

The heart is carved on the top of a box Seth made me for a little end table. ©Seth Kimmel 2016 Bass maker/luthier Eugene Oregon

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Tighter and tighter into the center.
Tighter and tighter into the center.

This is on a heart shaped coaster Valentine he made for me. ©Seth Kimmel 2016 Bass maker/luthier Eugene Oregon

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Bass #44 Mill Street Milanese
Bass #44 Mill Street Milanese

Oh, yeah! That bass bar is in Seth Kimmel Bass #44--removable neck!--for sale now! ©Seth Kimmel 2016 Bass maker/luthier Eugene Oregon

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Who Doesn't Love Spirals?
Who Doesn't Love Spirals?

The heart is carved on the top of a box Seth made me for a little end table. ©Seth Kimmel 2016 Bass maker/luthier Eugene Oregon

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Day of Chip: 2/11/2016
Description of Chip:

      Super Spiral  

Species of Chip: 

     Ponderosa Pine (the center of some wood that was underwater in a mill pond in Springfield, OR, for several decades).

Project Source of Chip:

    Bass #44 bass bar

Process To Create Chip:              Hand Plane

Desireability Of Chip:  

     Priceless

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      Moving from one  display to another until it completely disintegrates.

Aluminum Excelsior
Aluminum Excelsior

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved in the USA Double Bass Violins; process picture; drilling holes in aluminum for removable neck brackets

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Handy Dandy Drill Press
Handy Dandy Drill Press

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Drilling holes in custom aluminum brackets for Kimmel bass removable neck system

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Wow, that's one big guitar!
Wow, that's one big guitar!

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Big Foot's Guitar waiting for it's removable neck to be installed

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Aluminum Excelsior
Aluminum Excelsior

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved in the USA Double Bass Violins; process picture; drilling holes in aluminum for removable neck brackets

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Day of Chip: 5/1/2015


Description of Chip:

      Shiny Shimmery Shards  

Species of Chip: Aluminum

Project Source of Chip:

    Bass #41 removable neck hardware

Process To Create Chip:              Drill press through 1/2 inch thick aluminum

Desireability Of Chip:  

     Extremely lovely, but extremely sharp

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      Perhaps an airplane after a beverage can after recyling.

Alaskan Sitka Spruce Fluff
Alaskan Sitka Spruce Fluff

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Bass Bar shaping; Alaskan Sitka

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How can one bass bar make so much?
How can one bass bar make so much?

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Bass Bar shaping; Alaskan Sitka

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Bass Bar Planed and Glued Kimmel #37
Bass Bar Planed and Glued Kimmel #37

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Bass Bar shaping; Alaskan Sitka

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Alaskan Sitka Spruce Fluff
Alaskan Sitka Spruce Fluff

©Seth Kimmel 2015 Hand Carved American Double Bass Violins; process picture; Bass Bar shaping; Alaskan Sitka

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Day of Chip: 11/10/2014


Description of Chip:

      Long Locks 

Species of Chip: 

     Alaskan Sitka Spruce

Project Source of Chip:

     Bass #37 bass bar

Process To Create Chip:              Long steady swipes with tiny hand plane

Desireability Of Chip:  

     Extraordinarily High

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      Bass Bows (the kind for wrapping presents)

Delrin Curl ©Seth Kimmel
Delrin Curl ©Seth Kimmel

I was lathing a little pulley for a C &extension and this is what I got!

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Fun and Springy
Fun and Springy

If a little gross. ©Seth Kimmel

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Delrin capos too,
Delrin capos too,

but I just install those not make them myself. I'm having trouble getting this picture situated. ©Seth Kimmel

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Delrin Curl ©Seth Kimmel
Delrin Curl ©Seth Kimmel

I was lathing a little pulley for a C &extension and this is what I got!

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Day of Chip 8/11/2014


Description of Chip:

      Delrin Springy Spiral

Species of Chip: 

     Man-made petroleum based product

Project Source of Chip:

     Low String Pulley for &extension

Process To Create Chip:              Turned on ancient lathe

Desireability Of Chip:  

     Extraordinarily Low

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      Garbage Can (or extreme excelsior)

fiddle parts
fiddle parts

©Seth Kimmel makes a baby bass

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Fiddlin' with finish
Fiddlin' with finish

Look how cute; it fits in the window! ©Seth Kimmel

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My what big tuners you have!
My what big tuners you have!

Baby bear's chair was juuust right. ©Seth Kimmel

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fiddle parts
fiddle parts

©Seth Kimmel makes a baby bass

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Day of Chip 6/27/2014


Description of Chip:

      Fiddle Bits

Species of Chip: 

     Western Maple & Spruce

Project Source of Chip:

     Bass Waste

Process To Create Chip:              General Woodworking

Desireability Of Chip:  

     Low

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      Woodsheddin'

maple dust and one chip
maple dust and one chip

not as tasty as maple sugar; © Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Seth at his band saw
Seth at his band saw

© Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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neck quite a bit farther along
neck quite a bit farther along

© Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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maple dust and one chip
maple dust and one chip

not as tasty as maple sugar; © Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Day of Chip  4/11/2014


Description of Chip:

      dust

Species of Chip: 

      maple

Project Source of Chip:

     Evan's Bass

Process To Create Chip:                    band saw rough neck from giant block of maple

Desireability Of Chip:  

     utterly undesireable

Possible Future Of Chip:  

      air filter clogger or sneeze inducer

© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip
© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip

© Seth Kimmel Bass maker, bass Luthier Eugene Oregon hand carved American made upright acoustic bass violin chip of the day

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© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip
© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip

© Seth Kimmel Bass maker, bass Luthier Eugene Oregon hand carved American made upright acoustic bass violin chip of the day

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© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip
© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip

© Seth Kimmel Bass maker, bass Luthier Eugene Oregon hand carved American made upright acoustic bass violin chip of the day

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© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip
© Seth Kimmel Bass, spruce chip

© Seth Kimmel Bass maker, bass Luthier Eugene Oregon hand carved American made upright acoustic bass violin chip of the day

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Day of Chip 11/20/13


Description of Chip:

      Drift of chips

Species of Chip: 

      Spruce

Project Source of Chip:

     Some bass from awhile back

Process To Create Chip:               Rough shape top with power planer

Desireability Of Chip:  

       Fair to Middlin'

Possible Future Of Chip:  

       Garden path

Curly Chip
Curly Chip

© Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Seth gluing in linings
Seth gluing in linings

© Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Curly Chip
Curly Chip

© Seth Kimmel, Bass Maker, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Day of Chip 11/19/2013


Description of Chip:

      Curly Little Chips

Species of Chip: 

      Maple

Project Source of Chip:

     Same Bass as Next Chip

Process To Create Chip:                  Plane  edges of sides with a little hand plane

Desireability Of Chip: 

       Choice

Possible Future Use Of Chip:  

       Worm Snacks