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  1. Hi folks, Yup, Michael’s hiding out in his new, gorgeous offices in Chicago, gathering his strength to deal with all of us again in June : ))) If you haven’t attended the June violin builders workshop in Southern California, you don’t know what you’re missing, how hard he works, and what a fantastic teacher he is. When he’s teaching, he’s sincerely like the energizer bunny - non-stop guidance and support on an individual basis for weeks. Here’s a link to the workshop (if you’re interested.) It’s truly unsurpassable... I’ve attended every year. http://www.scvmw.com/ Jennifer I’m submitting a quick edit of my post. Though Michael has a very good sense of humor, and although I’m sure he won’t mind my referring to him as the energizer bunny, out of deep respect I also want to acknowledge his depth of knowledge, skill and generosity as a teacher. He is far more than simply hard working.
  2. Hi guys, I know I rarely post here anymore. But I read this last post and felt compelled to support Michael Darnton by mentioning his workshop. As a long standing attendee of the Southern California Violin Makers Workshop, I’m grateful for his year round support. I know Michael doesn’t post here any more, but he’s alive and well, graciously supporting those who attend the June workshop. Michael hosts an active, private forum for all workshop attendees and makes himself accessible whenever we seek help. He continues to posts his own thoughts about building, techniques, concepts, design… and he’s beyond generously open with his knowledge. I’m here posting out of respect for Michael. The Southern CA workshop is unsurpassed. You can always access him by attending his southern California workshop. Here's a link: http://www.scvmw.com/
  3. Finally got pics from the event off my camera. Jim went above & beyond this year. First photo: gentleman to the left of Michael is Christophe Landon, noted maker and expert. Second photo: Kira Blumberg, violist, Michael Fischer noted maker and expert, Ms. Pitcairn, Laurie Niles and Laura Rosky-Santoni.
  4. Okay, I've been lurking for a very, very long time but feel compelled to once again, post something about Jim Brown's amazing Southern California violin workshop which just wrapped up this weekend. This year I stayed for all three weeks. I originally intended to stay for two but couldn't pull myself away, extending twice! It's THAT good! Michael Darnton as always, generously shared his vast knowledge and experience. This year's workshop also featured a visit by Elizabeth Pitcairn with her Mendelssohn Strad, along with several additional world class violins which she played and discussed in a private session for our small group. We enjoyed a Salastina Society concert which happened to be on the Claremont Colleges campus during our stay. And we enjoyed the ever present good humor, friendship, shenanigans, crazy fun and hard work that's always part of this event. The opportunity to immerse ourselves in all things violin with people who share the passion is irreplaceable. Honestly, if you haven't experienced this workshop and Jim's fantastic hosting, you really ought to sign up soon. It is amazing.
  5. Well I was eager to get it, believing it would limit the twisting and turning while scroll carving. But the picture shows the only possibly way to fit the scroll into the clamp. You really can't use it for much. I thought maybe I was missing some adjustment, but am realizing...this is really all it can do.
  6. I'm wondering if anyone has had success using the Bogaro & Clemente ball clamp specifically with it's scroll adaptor? The violin form is great but the scroll adaptor seems worthless. It's mouth does not have much adjustment ability and is not the proper width to hold a scroll. I have a feeling I'm missing something, but in looking it up on line, I can't find any photos of it actually in use. Is there a way to successfully use it?
  7. One of the most valuable benefits of the workshop for me has definitely been that I feel less isolated for the rest of the year. Having forums for information exchange is wonderful. I’ve used them a lot and I value them as a resource. However forums are not the same as personal connections, as sitting around the breakfast table discussing some aspect of building, or as walking into town with friends for an ice-cream while discussing violin history. Whether you’re new to the group or have attended for years, the environment is supportive and our connections have crossed into the personal realm in the sense that we honestly care about each other, support, and encourage each other.
  8. I'm still transferring all of this years information into my records and found a couple fun pictures, worth a thousand words...
  9. Hey Jim, I've heard the 2012 workshop dates are set. I want to make sure I get my deposit in ASAP but need to check my calendar. May I please have the dates. Thanks, Jennifer
  10. "...Exactly -- so typical of the raucous laughter and carrying-on. And that's just one of the ruffians, though she had a crew of little people with knives!" What, I never have fun!!! Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  11. "... I am a quiet, reserved fellow who had the misfortune of being surrounded by trouble-makers." LOLOLOL
  12. Ken, LYG misses you. Come home soon. And thanks for the memories.
  13. Hi everyone. I'm just coming out of "Lurk" mode to share a comment about the recent cover of Strad's "Summerplus" issue and about the AMAZING work Jim does to help further the luthier field for up and coming builders. I'm not familiar with the various routes you've each taken to arrive at this career. (Maybe an interesting thread.) I do know that when I entered the field, building a support network took time, particularly when searching for experienced builders, generous enough to share their depth of knowledge. Jim is an exceptionally generous man who has created an irreplaceable experience in this Claremont workshop. His choice (and ability) to secure Michael as our mentor was genius. Jim's workshop is SO deserving of this cover and I'm very happy it is receiving recognition.
  14. Hi everyone. I'm just coming out of "Lurk" mode to share a comment about the recent cover of Strad's "Summerplus" issue and about the AMAZING work Jim does to help further the luthier field for up and coming builders. I'm not familiar with the various routes you've each taken to arrive at this career. (Maybe an interesting thread.) I do know that when I entered the field, building a support network took time, particularly when searching for experienced builders, generous enough to share their depth of knowledge. Jim is an exceptionally generous man who has created an irreplaceable experience in this Claremont workshop. His choice (and ability) to secure Michael as our mentor was genius. Jim's workshop is SO deserving of this cover and I'm very happy it is receiving recognition.
  15. Hey Ken, I think this year's workshop was the best to date! I'd gladly sign up for a lifetime membership, if only Jim would let me! I actually offered! Hope your building is coming along well. Jennifer