Peter Lynch

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    Manchester, Michigan
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    making violins that good musicians will want to play that are based on the the work of Guerneri del Gesu. Playing cajun / creole music

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  1. Methods for storing /displaying higher value violins

    Went with brass rod. Here is finished cabinet (modified Ikea)
  2. Methods for storing /displaying higher value violins

    Thanks for everyone's reply. I appreciate the input. I am going with brass rod -Peter
  3. I am finishing up making a cabinet for storing / displaying violins and I am trying to decide if I want to use U-shaped wire hanger approach or a wood with cut out slots that hang the violins at the chin of the pegbox. I would probably add felt to rest the chin on as well. Due to the design of the cabinet the wire hangers would probably work better, but am concerned if there might be any long term damage with this method. For folks that have shops that deal with instrument in the 10 - 25K range and hang their violins, what approach do you use and why? Thanks Peter
  4. Book Recommendations

    I think I recall thread(s) on this so a search might be useful. The Art of Violinmaking by Johnson and Courtnall would be near the top on the list of how to book. Solid information logically presented, , good photo and impeccable credential of authors. Violin Restoration by Weisshaar and Shipman is a must, even though some techniques may no longer currently be in favor, still an essential reference I think. Violin Varnish Notes of Koen Padding and Gary Baese's varnish book (if you can find it) are great little books. The Violin masterpieces of Guarneri del Gusu by Biddulph is quite expensive but a great reference, not only for photographs, but amazing articles in the second volume. Others may be better suited to make Strad oriented book Recommendations. To my mind, these are the essential no brainer way to start a good library.
  5. Architect Chritopher Alexanders Philosophy / approach

    Alexander uses the Term of Deep Structure that means the ways space can be "glued together" to become whole. He asks the specific question "do you feel more yourself or more whole in the space" (or looking at an object.) He found that is there is a high level of agreement among people when tested and this was a stepping off point for the development of his theories. He believes that this specific question is need to elicit this more universal quality. Some of the Deep Structure he describes: Levels of Scale, strong centers, boundaries, alternating repetitions, positive space, good shape, local symmetries, deep interlock and ambuguity, contrast, gradients, roughness, echoes, the void, simplicity and inner calm, not-separateness. This can apply to an object (violin) or the space (workshop) or a town or community.
  6. Architect Chritopher Alexanders Philosophy / approach

    I know the software community has taken up his way of thinking and he is probally more know these days for that. Some sources I have read say that his think influenced Steve Jobs and the development of Wiki
  7. Are there any MN's who use Aexanders's approach either in the design of their shop / work space or their approach to making instruments. I ran across his writings 15 years ago and found them interesting and now that I am redesigning my shop I have revisited his writings and lectures and find it has much depth and relevance and could even have relevance to making instruments. There is quite a bit to it and am only in the early stages of seeing how to apply it in practical terms. There may even be some application to the design and making of the instrument itself. Interested to hear from anyone who may be familiar with his work and what ideas you have about this
  8. Kremer's new violin ground

    From the replies so far, it seem you may be the only one with direct experience of this product. Can you say more about what you saw. Was it that the visual effect on an instrument was not at the level of a professional violin or that the sound of that instrument was not good or that it was just not anything new and looked liked other well made (or average looking) violin that use a mineral ground process. Thanks
  9. Just noticed that luthier directory is now $100 to set up page (vs usual $200). They get quite a bit a traffic on that site. Seems like a good deal. The page perpetual does not need to renewed per year.
  10. Is this ground acceptable?

    with this approach you can use either wax or dewaxed. It is personal preference. Experiment both ways if you want to see if you notice a visual or acoustic difference. My guess is you will notice little or no acoustic and maybe a subtle visual. Just make sure the shellac is fresh enough to dry properly. Good results either way. Never had any issues with putting oil varnish on top of this ground either wax or dewax. It is fairly fool proof approach with consistent results. Not a big fan of denatured alcohol, maybe just overly cautious. You don;t need to be overly concerned with proportions, just make sure shellac is super thin. I don't use this ground any longer but from what I recall, you could start with higher dilution if you want.. You would just need to put on more coats.
  11. Edward Herron-Allen ebook...

    This book is a historical gem and sparked the imagination of many makers. If your interest in making is something other then a curiosity in the application of modern science, then I see it as a must own... but not an E copy. You need the feel of the pages as they turn and the smell of the paper and feel the weight of the book in you hands to round out the experience. It is a source of pleasure not because it gives you the best ways to do something in making an instrument, but because it captures a spirit and aesthetic and langue of something beautiful that is in the realm of the imagination. You read it as poetry and living history as much as a technical step by step account. Please buy the actual book if you are really interested to get the experience that book has to offer.
  12. Power carver for hogging maple

    I have seen a "power carver" in catalog in the past that is a standard looking carving gouge attached to something that could be akin to a tiny jack hammer. I don't recall the brand or catalog . It seem much less dangerous then the rotary or chain saw type power carvers.
  13. Feng Jiang will be presenting a 2 hours lecture/ discussion on Varnishing at the January 29th meeting of the Michigan Violinmakers Association (MVA) at the Pittsfield Township Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The meeting will begin at 12:30 for MVA business and Feng will present from 1:00 - 3:00. The original event Joseph Curtin was presenting at on that day which was co-sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music on Acoustics for Makers and Musicians had to be cancelled due to a family emergency. This will be rescheduled later in the Winter or early Fall. We are grateful to Feng for agreeing to present at such short notice.
  14. Has anyone tried to use an iPhone measurement app to determine dimensions of a violin? If you have had any success what app did you use?
  15. Lost secrets of master musicians???

    I don't know this book and I don't play well enough to evaluate it it's content. However something came to mind in reading this thread and Will's contribution. When a skill was taught in the past during a fundamentally different era then our own, I could see great value if one was able to learn specific details in the context of that time. For instance, if you learned from Auer or Heifitz or Amati or Stradivari, you would be gaining experiences beyond what "technique" they were teaching. You would be absorbing thousands of different kinds of pieces of information / communications based on the time and place and individual behavior of the teacher that would effect the experience and influence how you would "turn out" based on your time with these people. I don't know the book at all or what "secrets" it contains, but if some type of experience could be made available to impart some of the "environmental" / context based learning from the past, I could see there would be value to this kind of thing and provide different kinds of insights that may not be obvious without it.