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  1. I think flaxwood was invented by a Finnish company The same material is used in electric guitar bodies. It seems like the violin accessories are marketed by Gewa. You should be able to order from Thomann to US.
  2. I also tried the flaxwood preshaped board on an old violin. I like these better for appearance. And they are quite cheap, also easy to shape. Next two violins will have corene boards.
  3. Hi Julian, I have used just one of the Rocklite blanks on a 5 string viola. My impression was that it was easy to work with and the advantage with blanks, is that you have the option to shape them to your own dimensions. The main criticism is appearance wise. The "wood" had wide grain lines that are visible in certain lightning.
  4. Yes, but surr / buzz does not make much sense in this context... Hi Peter!
  5. Efter stor tvekan och mycken surr? Öppnades detta lock i nådens år 1931 Göteborg 7/9 Samander? Translates to something like: After much hesitation and much ”unreadable” this top was opened in the year of Grace 1931 in Gothenburg 7/9 Samander/Salander or something like that is probably the surname of the person who opened the violin
  6. "Deutsche arbeit" means "German work" or Made in Germany.
  7. The ribs and neck are maple. The alder is lovely to work with. It is a bit softer, so I plan to leave the back on the thicker side, and see how it works.
  8. You have time to catch up, it's going slooowly. The darker back is alder wood!
  9. Do you mean the gouge with the light colored wood handle? It's a Dastra brand gouge. I have several and do not have a problem that they loose the edge fast. Another set of Marples gouges is much worse in this respect. My favorite is an old English cast steel gouge that seems to stay sharp forever.
  10. Looks good. I have never got this dark ground with the quark/lime. Do you think the reaction is 'enhanced' primarily from the tea treatment or the sun tanning?
  11. Thanks, I agree it's good that there are options available. I'm testing varnish from vernici liutiera at the moment. Seems like good stuff and easy to brush. (Not as dark as Eugene's varnish but not any dust problems so far)
  12. I've been busy restoring an old flea market find. -new fingerboard - bushed peg holes - thinned the ribs and top ( ribs where up to 3 mm thick, top over 110g) - new bass bar -neck reset Sounds surprisingly good!
  13. Yes, I did not mean to be critical, it is a nice varnish, but different to other varnished I used. I think the oil/resin content is 50/50. It is not very viscous.
  14. Urban luthier, have you varnished a whole violin with Eugene's brown varnish? I like the color a lot, but found it very sensitive to dust. It would easily form small "black islands" around dust particles and leave white spots around. I had to pull the violin out of the light box after a while and go over it with a small brush to correct. Perhaps it would work better doing really thin coats like you do. Nice work!