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  2. "Quality" tonewood has several different aspects. Having some species of spruce is a start. For violinmaking, most makers prefer a fairly narrow range of density, approximately .35 to .40 g/cc dried, although some makers will go outside of that range. That's another gate. Then there's grain spacing, which might not make too much difference to sound, but definitely an aesthetic concern, as is streaking or staining. Is it evenly spaced, or widely varying spacing? Grain twist is undesirable, as it gives runout in different directions when making a plate. And runout in cutting is to be avoi
  3. If the tree has been down for very long it may be already checking at the ends. First step is to buck the rounds to length then seal immediately with a commercial log sealer such as Anchor Seal. Then split the rounds into quarters and see if the grain is even and splits straight without twist. If those look OK split the quarters into appropriate sizes or saw parallel to the split and stack the blanks in a moderate temperature for three years or so and then see if they make good fiddles.
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  5. At that stage with a traditional Tempel boxwood tailpiece around 335g. Yesterday i reduced the rib height once more. Just out of curiosity I tried once more my single tail gut tailpiece and this time it hadn’t such a negative effect. I let it stretch in over the weekend and post the newest data on Monday.
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    I like paper. Paper can also be art. Marbled paper is beautiful. Rag paper, pressed paper, etc. There will be a way to use paper effectively (both for attractive, degradable packaging and also still cost-effective). Parchment (paper, not animal skin), cellulose paper, rice paper, kraft paper, possibly wax paper...all possibilities. There are heavier papers too, although they might not be cost effective. And, of course...recycled paper!
  7. Cute, but I see it being a potential CITES nightmare...
  8. Home | Orcas Island Tonewoods (radiofreeolga.com) Tonewood | The Wood Well | United States Bruce is on Orcas, the Wood Well is in Quilcene. Bruce has always been helpful, but he is retired now so you might have to be patient. I haven't dealt with the Wood Well in a while, but I reference them because they are nearby and might be helpful. The answers to your questions are lengthy and not always consistent from maker to maker and dealer to dealer, and while some love wood from the PNW, others are dismissive of it. Might be good for blocks, linings and bass bars, but
  9. Maybe they should go back to the old paper packaging like we find in so many old cases. Those are always pretty cool, I've saved a few of the more interesting ones. The string companies can call it both environmentally friendly and "antique throwback" with the old fonts and graphics. You know how everybody's a sucker for old fiddles, why not old fashioned string envelopes? If counterfeiting is a problem they can always throw on one of those little silvery stickers like us old folks remember used to be in CD packaging. Uh.. if that's still a thing
  10. I think chances are very good that it's him, because I doubt that there were many violin makers named Michael Bodak in Detroit.
  11. That's super cool! I wonder how it would hold up vs. ebony? I'm not sure MOP very strong in comparison. I'd want to know if the seller has the fiddle that goes with it
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  13. "Any fiddle I'd like to sell is probably French and any fiddle I want to buy is most likely Czech or German" - someone said that to me once and I got quite a chuckle.
  14. I have 2 Violins made by my Hungarian Great-Grandfather Michael Bodak from Detroit, Michigan. There is a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty with his name on it that I saw in 2005! My Grandfather, his son was Michael Gene Bodak, my mother is Carol Gene Bodak Loveland, his only child and his Birth Certificate from Detroit states that his mother was Shoshone Indian. I am hoping after reading the posts regarding Michael Bodak Violin Maker and sharing my family information, that I have finally found information I’ve been looking for over many years since my family members have all passe
  15. What was wrong with the old ones? Old strings sound better. They make a new violin sound old. What's not to like?
  16. I found an early 2000's guitar sales magazine that had the Stentor II {Lewis} going list for $230.00, regular price $149.00 and on sale now for $129.00. Solid everything wood wise w/ ebony fittings except the chin rest. Poly finish 1/8 thru 4/4 . The Palatino vn-300 on sale $79.99 - ebonized fittings/inlaid purfling. Wonder if both were made at the same factory.
  17. What? You don't like missile-t*t brassieres?
  18. Yes, steel has the magic feel. Heavy, but comfortable and powerful. 17mph cruising speed is good. Some people are naturally better at cycling than running. Is that a Texan thing?
  19. My bike is a suburban, it’s not a racing bike, but it’s solid steel and just as comfortable as it can be, I’ve had it up to 25 miles an hour, but I was working hard. Usually I cruise about 17. I also have the frame of a Schwinn Paramount, which was the finest bike you could buy back in the day but I haven’t gotten around to having it built up yet. But believe me, unless you’ve ridden an all steel bike, You don’t know how comfortable they are.
  20. I only have a small amount. I have spoken to some of the landowners and they are interested. The problem is keeping the conservationists happy. It is not harvested commercially round here, but non figured sycamore is. So I will have to ask the foresters about this too. The sycamore I have planes very nicely. It is low density around 0.5 but a joy to carve. How does it compare for looks with European supplies, I don't know yet.
  21. Twice the weight of my 1971 Carlton? No wonder USA didn't produce any world beaters until Greg Lemond escaped to Europe in the late 70s.
  22. English sycamore is a much lusted after material among American luthiers, but hard to come by. If you'd like to trade spruce for sycamore, please be in touch.
  23. I don't have yew staves, but I know someone who does. But since it grows naturally in the Yorkshire Dales Limestone valleys, it would be fun to source some. Figured Sycamore maple is also very common in some parts very close to my home. That barn full of Engelman sounds promising.
  24. I have a 1973 Schwinn that weighs 45 pounds. Love it.
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