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  1. Mr Darnton also has an excellent chapter on edgework. I dont currently have the link. It was part of a book he had been putting together.
  2. I also am a fan of the Davide Sora videos that Mr. Coleman mentioned....great stuff. I am not sure how much wood carving you have done already.. but one thing to keep in mind is that the spruce will carve much differently than the maple. The softer wood (spruce) for the top plate will require just a bit more finesse and care to prevent tear out or over carving... the gouge can easliy remove a bit more than intended untill you gain a feel for the process. You can do some practice on the plate cutoffs. These cutoffs are also useful for purfling practice, ground and varnish trials, glue trials, and specific gravity measurements.
  3. okay ... 500 usd and shipping included (only for lower 48 states) Now 450 ! Unlikely to find this reference set for less.
  4. This is a very well put together set of materials..featuring master Prier doing the demonstrations. This 15 DVD set is like new still in the original jackets. I am asking 550 USD for the set plus shipping. This set is listed in the 2019 international violin co. catalog at 749 USD. Please be patient .. I will try to respond in a reasonable fashion. indicate your interest on this thread. I will check daily. Feel free to ask questions. Thanks
  5. very sad indeed, i will certainly miss his inputs.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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).
  11. 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
  12. Nice article.. I like that he is interested in helping aspiring musicians.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.