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Lion's head

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Jeff Bollbach, Dec 12, 2002.


  1. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Tryin' to fool with my new digital camera. Thought this might be of interest.
     
  2. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
  3. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
  4. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Very nice. That looks like Todd Coolman's old bass. What is it?
     
  5. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    last, for now.

    This head was carved by Fausto Casalini who lived in Faenza, Italy. 1908-1938. Made only basses[gets my vote]. The bass itself has tons of personality.
     
  6. Bijoux

    Bijoux

    Aug 13, 2001
    Denver-CO-USA
    hey, shows us a pic of the whole bass, now I am curious!:)
     
  7. Hey Jeff,
    Nice pictures. What kind of camera (pixels?) did you use. AND are you using this lions head for a pattern?
     
  8. jugband

    jugband

    Jan 16, 2001
    Nice detail. Even the lion's eyeballs have pupils (corneas?)!
     
  9. tsolo

    tsolo

    Aug 24, 2002
    Ft. Worth
    What's on the tip of its nose? A lion biscuit?
     
  10. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Not yet, Ed-but I am working on one now as we speak. It's not a copy of this lion though. Most lion's you see are all snarly and stuff-the one I am working on is very serene and collected. Do I know how to carve a lion's head? No, but that never stopped me before.

    I'll post some pics of this bass later this weekend. Funny, this thread seemed to generate more interest than the Stooge bass one. Considering this crowd, that surprizes me.

    ps to Bob-the camera is a Sony DSC-P51.
     
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY


    Oh, Ye of little faith....
     
  12. jugband

    jugband

    Jan 16, 2001
    Considering the "Detail Freak" that Fausto Casalini must have been, that's probably the lion biscuit he stuck on the lion's nose to make it keep looking straight ahead like that for him. ;)

    I see that he DID have limits to his patience, though (or maybe the lion just wouldn't hold still any longer), because he only included the fangs, not all of the teeth.
     
  13. Nice clean pics.
    Think you need to brush the teeth and Q-Tip the ears.;)
     
  14. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I think she'll be fine with it as long as you don't commission a ****head scroll for your working axe. Man, I wonder what Jeff would charge for that? :)
     
  15. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Hey Ken-

    Yeah it is for sale-not by me though. I try to steer clear of selling anything but my own basses. I can put you in touch with the seller though. Just gimmee a call-516-867-1395
     
  16. olivier

    olivier

    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    Maybe we need a well designed bass gallery, just for our enlightment.

    When trying to track down the real pedigree of Donausorus' Vampire bass with the fine bass luthiers of Paris (James Chauvelin, Alain Bejuy), the discussion of details regarding bass making was absolutely fascinating.