I ran into this link the day before I saw your post.
thank you, that is the modern drag saw, I will contact him directly.
Also, I am considering building my own drag saw, I already have a
motor and a gear reducer, liberated from an X-ray fluoroscopy table,
all I need to do is make a crank and a flat piece of steel for the
blade. After several suggestions (thank you Jesse) I pulled a title
of the shelf "Gem cutting shop helps - best of 17 years of lapidary
journal" - has photos and descriptions of 4 large saws, some of
these sawing 3,000 pound jade pieces. Makes my 600 pounder look like
So, now that I have the rough, time for a carving project.
I think, before I attempt a violin, perhaps I should do a flute or
"pan" pipes first, just to play with tuning an instrument made out
of jade. It would seem that a wind instrument would be simpler than a
Has anyone in the group made an instrument out of metal or
all pointers on the basics of instrument construction are