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  1. very sad indeed, i will certainly miss his inputs.
  2. The Luthiers library info i mentioned is pertaining to the 1668 instrument I believe. They also have an interesting set of phtos where they run a laser light across the plates to give visual refererence to the where the arching measurements were taken along with the arching data they collected.
  3. Roger Hargrave also has an excellent artickel on a 1679 Stainer in much the same state of preservation as the 1668 residing at the Museum. You can access Rogers article from his website. These violins are both remarkable in their state of preservation..very little if any modernization. I have a copy of the 1668 technical drawings which I purchased from the museum some years back. The drawings are wonderfully detailed and even include some color photo callouts for a few of the more interesting areas..corners and such. The drawings are not cheep (about 100 USD) but well worth it. I plan to do a build from this set of prints...but have not decided yet about wether to do a baroque version or not. It should be straight forward to build a mold from the data supplied and go from there once you obtain a copy if that ends up being your plan of attack. In addition a full set of color photos can be viewed from the Luthiers library database
  4. Good work on the tools...amazing what can be done with some coal .. There is a TV show called forged in fire...where they pit 3-4 smiths against each other with limited time to create various forged blades...great fun... Watched an oriental dude work on a small sword using a small charcoal grill in his backyard...the neighbor called the fire department at one time..lots of smoke... I think he ended up taking first place in that round of competition... fun stuff.... made me think about picking up a small forge. (to much else going on though) The gouges look like really good stuff. Nice to be able to make sweep and depth what you like. Cool stuff Arno.
  5. Nice work....I have been through the pictures several times. Nice to see something less traditional. I am curious about the pegs...I assume you made them...what was the wood choice? The overall effect is stunning. bravo!
  6. I can also atest to his character... extremely pleasant guy to be around. I used to frequent his shop to visit a young Polish violn maker he had working on the top floor (Lukas Wronski) quite the artist. I got the opportunity to handle a fiddle he made in honor of the OK statehood centennial.. carved head and inlayed turquois. Thing of beauty. I hope it was not a victim of the inferno. I think Byron met Lukas on some fiddle cruze he was involved with and somehow managed to convince him to hangout in Guthrie for a spell... gave him the loft to work out of... once again just the way he rolled. Wronksi left to start a shop in NYC some years back. Anyway.. my heart goes out to Byron and his family... I certianly hope the City helps him re-establish.. he has done so much for the community over the years (Blue grass festival for example).
  7. Thanks for the link....they talk about a comparison being done between two of his violins...both made as closely alike and about the same time frame and materials etc. (twins as it were) One is out and about being played profesionally...the other living a quite life in a controlled museum environment being played only a couple times a year. An overview of the project and the tests conducted by Dr Ra Inta, Professor Joe Wolfe and Associate Professor John Smith can be viewed through the University of NSW website; http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/powerhousetwins.htmlA detailed scientific report was published in Acoustics Australia, April 2005;http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/reprints/IntaViolin.pdf
  8. Nice article.. I like that he is interested in helping aspiring musicians.
  9. Interesting indeed... great job on the video.. (almost makes me want to give it a go..) almost ! well done and gives me some more appreciation for this style of build.
  10. Hello..the linings appear to go way into blocks..or behind? just looks interesting... and the purfling appears to be a bit raised above the plate..hard to tell. Any thoughts Jacob? By the way .. I truly appreciate the info you pass along regarding these old Germanic fiddles. My grandfather was German ..(Deiss) and I have the old hopf he played back in the day. OK I will stop groveling now.
  11. Ditto those thoughts. I think it is important to share and discuss variuos views and techniques but also to catalog or archive certain information in some way to make it readily available for reference wether it be podcast, youtube, audio, text article, whatever. Making specialized knowlege more common or accessible would be huge for all those making , repairing restoring and identifiying. So much of this iinformation is already out there floating about on the net and elsewhere. This would require emense effort (very large scope) too much to address at first... just driving a stake in the ground. I listended to the intro podcast... and look forward to subsequent.
  12. Just goes to show ya... we all have our vises...sorry I couldn't resist. I also like to go antique shopping and have seen a few of these. Handy to have if ya wanna go to war..
  13. A fair explanation with some pictures. https://anthonyhaycabinetmaker.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/the-toothing-plane-a-tool-of-our-time/
  14. I think the back is maple. IMHO It would be interesting to get some photos of the sides/ribs (straight on) to get a better feel of the edge and corner work. Also a shot of the end pin area may be helpful. The varnish on the back does appear to be quite thin especially at the edges. The purfling is quite tidy...no beee sting and going dead on into corner. It will be interesting to see if the origin can be determined.