The blank of boxwood is ready for marking out, having already been rough sawn from a round of boxwood. This blank will be for a common "Guarneri" style rest.

Early in the making of a chinrest, subtle angles are added with planes.

When one is tooling up to make one chinrest, you may as well make several.

Boxwood, as beautiful as it is, is very stubborn to work with, especially if the wood has unusual grain or small knots or flame. For this reason, sequencing of toolwork is important to maximize the use of power tools in the early stages, hence the reattachment of the wedge.

The top profile of the rest is transferred from a template to the blank.

The concavity of the surface of the rest is initially drilled with a graduation pattern, not unlike the inside of the new violin.

Gouging the surface of the rest.

Smoothing the concavity with fingerplanes and scrapers.

Gouging the underside of the rest.


Here small chamfers are added and the surface of the boxwood is carefully and patiently worked to remove all blemishes.

Rest and pegs ready for darkening with nitric acid.

Sealing the boxwood with bodied linseed oil.

Here a center mounted rest is being marked out.

Mark-out is done on all sides.

Routing the channel for the tailpiece.

Mark-out of the underside.

Three custom ready for darkening.

Darkening the rest with heat and nitric acid.

Neutralizing the nitric acid.

The finished rest on the finished Kelvin Scott Violin.

Another custom rest for a customer with long neck.