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  1. The Manual of Violin Making by Brian Derber

    Since this popped up again, let me just add a few more thoughts. After having this for almost a month I have found that I reference it often. Not necessarily for instructions, but rather for a different perspective on how to go about tasks that I have done for years. It is such a thorough work that even the smallest details are given ample time and thought. The methods he uses for certain jobs (finishing the outline for example) are not something that I feel the need to try, but the perspective is very much appreciated. It is very much Brian Derber's method for making a violin, and that is not a bad thing. That being said, he does regularly go into different methods to achieve the same end, but the primary instruction is his method (and by extension, I assume the Chicago school's). Again, it is very much worth the money, and I can't imagine anyone with a serious interest in this not being happy with the purchase.
  2. Joe Robson's Balsam Ground 3

    Balsam Ground. As for what in it, I assume it's balsam and ground.
  3. I took a photograph of a scroll - Life Changing

    you son of a b**ch. How dare you have an aesthetic opinion that doesn't conform with mine!
  4. Interesting violin on my bench

    Looks like regular, cracked, purfling to me. Three layers.
  5. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    A class act, as always.
  6. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    Don't just go! Building a violin around the bridge is like building a car around the tires.
  7. Perpendicular does not exist on violin tops...

    I think you are overthinking things. Too many angles! The three main numbers you need to hit in a neck set, besides being centered, are: 130mm from the top edge to the nut, a projection of +/- 27mm, and a reasonable (+/-6mm treble side, 6.5mm bass) overstand. If you hit those, and the rest of the instrument is put together with reasonable accuracy, all the other "numbers" will fall into place.
  8. Rust inhibitor/prevention suggestions

    Thanks for the info. All my tools are wall hangers/shelved in the open. Today was a particularly damp day, and the humidity was well over 70%. On goes the a.c. The main concern is with the tools that only get used every now and then. Seems the best course of action is to treat them after use, then take care to clean them before use. It's not a crisis, but I'd like to get ahead of it before it is. A thought: Is it possible for wood shavings to release whatever moisture they have left in them onto the tools and cause corrosion? Not new wood, but the kind we use.
  9. Rust inhibitor/prevention suggestions

    Thanks guys. I've been finding little (very little) spots of rust on a couple of planes that I don't use all that often. Not sure why. I try to keep the humidity constant, but I don't try all that hard. It never gets above 60% for long. Rust seems like mold, in as much as if you don't stomp it right out it will keep coming back. What would one use to wipe off Camellia oil prior to use? Or any product for that matter.
  10. Rust inhibitor/prevention suggestions

    Any suggestions for good rust inhibitors? I would like to start using some for a few of my planes. My biggest concern is transferring the substance onto the wood, especially since I would use it on my joining plane and I wonder if it would effect the glue joint. T-9 by Boeing says it doesn't effect the wood or subsequent finishes, but not sure I trust it. I'd love to hear what other people use. Thanks!
  11. The Manual of Violin Making by Brian Derber

    I received the book yesterday. At over 400 pages it is massive and a lot to process. The first thing that jumped out at me is that it really is a "manual". This is not a coffee table book. This is an incredibly thorough work. I spent two hours with it last night and barely scratched the surface. This is the first book I've seen that one could actually use to build a violin, raw wood to varnish and set-up, without any help outside of the book and wind up with a real instrument. Anyone interested in violin making would be very well served to hold off buying more wood or a new plane or more gouges and buy this book. So yeah, Thomas C. and Mike M. hit the nail on the head. This is a book for the ages. Congrats, Mr. Derber.
  12. These are great and thanks for the work, but who made...nevermind. Seriously, great photos.
  13. Yes, please be careful and safe. But also, here is my favorite weather related website. Beautiful to look at, not so much to live through. Take care
  14. MN poll: What's not to like?

    Hurling un-salvagable cellos into the air and watching them smash onto the pavement: yes, it's very satisfying. I love every aspect of arching, from the rough work to the purfling channel to the final scraping. Love it. On the other hand, if I never had to install linings again, I would be very happy.