So what's this about?
Well, I'll give you a hint:
The NM Musical Heritage Project crew met up for a final time this spring to make oil varnishes from scratch at Chris' home in the foothills. They'll be used later for a myriad of instruments, mine included. The process involves cooking turpentine, linseed oil, and rosin until the rolling, potent-smelling smoke draws complaints from multiple neighbors. Aaaaand then continuing to cook it for several hours.
This will be the last bit of news re: violins for a couple of months, methinks. The shop will be open occasionally again in July, but until then I'll have to satisfy myself with having reached a mid-point purfling landmark--scribing.
Using a knife and a picking tool, I went around the border of the belly, carving out a channel into which the sandwiched black-and-white-strips will finally go.