Jeffrey Holmes

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  1. Jeffrey Holmes

    Violin Making Schools

    You can ask to school for the fine details if you wish (I was on the board for about ten years, but am presently enjoying a hiatus), but traditionally the directors of the school are the instructors. Executive director is a new title. I believe the previous teachers there were "co-directors".
  2. Jeffrey Holmes

    Violin Making Schools

    FYI: https://www.thestrad.com/news/antoine-nedelec-named-director-of-chicago-school-of-violin-making/8367.article
  3. Jeffrey Holmes

    Tschu ho lee students in NYC

    Philip Perret in Katona. I'm sure there are also other alumni in the area.
  4. Jeffrey Holmes

    H. R. Pfretzschner bow

    The first 10 posts from new members require approval from the moderator. It's an unfortunate result of the need to control internet spammers and trolls. Just so you understand, I have been a moderator here for a couple decades on a volunteer basis. Especially since I run my own firm and have a family, I am not always on the site. I check periodically. Hence the delay.
  5. Jeffrey Holmes

    how and where dobi start

    I hear many family stories that don't correlate with the age of the particular instrument in front of me... Enjoy the story, for what it's worth.
  6. Jeffrey Holmes

    Filling/Sealing/Adhering

    1) Pretty well... 2) Regular, original, Titebond.
  7. Jeffrey Holmes

    Filling/Sealing/Adhering

    I've seen some great CNC inlays (as described by Christian) used for some pretty complicated tear outs. Cool stuff. I kinda hate "fill", so I often inlay summer grain (cut with a smallish gouge, softened in water, cut to grain width and glued in with titebond using a thin flat plastic plate and light clamp pressure.). If the void is deep, you can use two layers. The softened summer grain takes the shape of the bottom of the void pretty easily and the titebond doesn't seem overly sensitive to bonding in the wet inlay (I found hide a little less reliable in this particular procedure). Once you get used to the process, it's very quick. I have reopened an instrument I repaired in this manner on an occasion or two, and the titebond seems to hold the inlay in quite well. Photos below (left before coloring the inlay, right after). Joe Grubaugh has a technique also employing softened summer grain, planed to a thin slab, then pressed in a quick pos/negative cast taken from the damaged interior edge. Works very well. I believe he also uses titebond, but I could be mistaken. I believe Jacob Saunders mentioned a filler he's had luck with, but I don't recall the brand. Maybe he'll pop in.
  8. Jeffrey Holmes

    Del Gesu Kreisler: neck length

    Ummm... most classical period instruments have been altered or replaced (grafted) and no longer have "pieces of metal" in the neck, but that doesn't mean there is no research concerning construction. The National Music Museum stores scans that show the attachments in a number of instruments still in original condition. These images used to be available on their website, but I believe only a few remain there.
  9. Jeffrey Holmes

    Del Gesu Kreisler: neck length

    ...but Degani instruments also have a morticed neck.
  10. Jeffrey Holmes

    Just venting

    Hahahaha!
  11. Jeffrey Holmes

    Just venting

    Applied only to the block areas... and "applied" might be too kind. Slathered is more like it.
  12. Had one made in the Hill's shop once... also not terribly convincing.
  13. Jeffrey Holmes

    Just venting

    ...and water soluble...
  14. Jeffrey Holmes

    Just venting

    Hahahaha!
  15. Jeffrey Holmes

    how to color bow hair