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  1. murder is personal. Assassination is political. Military kills are neither. I suspect he may have been using the wrong kind of bows....those with arrows.
  2. I really enjoyed your talent with the Flicker slideshow using your photography and the new F holes. Much better looking, I think.
  3. Manfio, I would be delighted to do Portuguese as badly as you do English. (meaning of course: as well as you do English)
  4. I'm reminded of the interview with Ivo Pires by American Lutherie. His career began at age 8 when he stole a shingle off his grandmother's house (in The Cape Verde Islands) and fashioned a knife by pounding a 4" nail flat, then sharpening it on concrete. He had seen some musicians playing, and that is all it took. He finished a ukulele he copied by looking at a friend's Martin. At age 9. Sold the third one, and all this done by intuition and hand made tools. "Yeah, right," I said, "not to mention a little genius." Today you can put any instrument on his table, and he will copy it or repair it. Violin, Sitar, ouds, bouzoukis, grand piano, whatever. Anyone shopping for a role model need travel no further.
  5. This is great! Thanks, everyone. I do write in the classical vein, having really loved nothing else for the last 58 years; my first album was Sinbad at age 5 and I can still remember the score quite well. Now I collect copies of it. I agree with the instinctive aspect of writing, I seem to only write the first 6 or 7 notes and the rest write themselves. But I really do need the higher aspects of theory, so thanks to all for the encouragement and advice. If, after 2 1/2 years of violin study 2 hours a day isn't compulsion, I wouldn't know how to go about getting it! Past compulsion is madness I suppose. But that was Paganini, our mentor. BTW- everyone should bookmark that Abebooks site! Talk about cheap textbooks, I ordered all the above so cheap I can just throw out what isn't needed! I thought I was going to be spending like I did in college where you have to take out a loan just to buy the books. But that was the 70's, maybe times have changed.
  6. you could turn that into a cowboy hottub rather easily, take it out in the summer: http://www.cowboyhottubs.com
  7. I play piano and classical guitar fairly well. I started learning the violin two years ago. When my teacher got around to playing duets, I wrote one for us to play and he was very impressed with it, but said I need to go study theory at a local college, but to come back to this piece when I finished. He is a good teacher but I can't seem to talk to him logically, so end of discussion. I have a disability that forced me to retire and keeps me from going back to school; it was all I could do to make it to violin practice once a week, now ended. My experience with college as a young man taught me that all you really need is the book anyway if it is not performance related. I compose in Finale and enjoy it very much. I'm looking for the right book! Any help?
  8. I was noticing that too. I was reading through these postings waiting for someone to mention the "sound", but apparently it's only value that is important. Finally someone suggested taking the teacher along.
  9. I taught myself to play the piano and classical guitar. But when the violin came around, off to the conservatory I went. NO WAY would I try that by myself. I have seen a few self taught violinists and I usually bite my tongue to keep from saying something that would hurt feelings.
  10. I have studied at a conservatory for 2 years as a right handed student as my instructor would not teach me to play left handed. On many occasions I would be studying a bow stroke or set of strokes and having much difficulty with it. I could usually turn the violin around left handed and play it the first time upside down using the left hand on the bow.
  11. What's the rush? Make them square today, in 300 years they will look appropriately worn and rounded. . Or are you worried they are going to put it in a museum all new and unplayed like they did the Messiah? I suppose in another 600 years the Strads will be worn to the ribs and that will be the fashion, so no self respecting violinmaker will make one with more than 1/64" overhang. LOL.
  12. Flatten the inside, carve the outside....THEN you won't need the trig, the back will adjust to perpendicular in relation to the arch as you drill on the inside.
  13. The rhubarb is quite toxic in an uncooked state to all animals.
  14. Thanks John, for the best laugh I've had today. Blind-sighted! I haven't seen an oxymoron that good in years! I'm sure you know, but everyone else might not: it's blind-sided, getting sucker punched on your blind side.
  15. The scissor type setter I received was horribly made. The jaws didn't match each other so I clamped it to a piece of 1" wood with a vise grip and drilled the hole to 1/4". No more teeth marks. I like the shrink tubing idea. I eventually learned the use of the S shaped setter and think there is less all around damage with it. Several head thumps later I quit looking for better ideas. We could have contests to see who could get a fallen sound post from a violin the quickest. I'm quite deft at it now.. But, oh, the hours of practice!
  16. Thanks Manfio, I was worried about the very fast growth rate of these trees. The rings pretty well have to be very far apart, so the interlocking grain is the issue of importance. I'm gonna do it, I won't even have to season it, these trees have been in piles for several years, all I have to do is cut them into firewood size bolts and bandsaw them into usable sizes. Thank goodness they have such an easily identified bark structure. Now weeping willow is a different story, you might as well try to cut down some one's favorite apple tree. These trees are highly thought of in the Southern regions of the U.S.A. You know, like pet chickens.
  17. I read on a thread the other day, somewhere, that willow was a preferred wood for violin blocks. Is this true? I know willow is a preferred wood for the wood borers we have to deal with, but I'll risk that. I thought it was only for linings. Here in Oklahoma farmers cut black willow and drag it away from their ponds on a regular basis. So I have access to nearly unlimited black willow but I have to import spruce at a premium. Lowes has their SFH (spruce,fir,hemlock) pile but I like to know for sure what I am using. Stumped.
  18. I'm a lurker who would prefer to be in the background and appear to be stupid, than to speak and remove all doubt.
  19. I'm a lurker who would prefer to be in the background and appear to be stupid, than to speak and remove all doubt.
  20. Poetinwood


    How long have you been using this? Any problems? I assume you are using the 1/4" model. Have you been able to double check the readings? I was leaning toward the Delmhorst over the Wagner but this one looks pretty good. We all need one.
  21. Reminds me of the Lottery winner when asked what he intended to do with all the millions, replied that he would just build violins till the money ran out.
  22. I placed an order over the phone with ILS of Tulsa nov of 06. Mar of 07 still no goods. I only live 60 miles away and have violin lessons in Tulsa, so I went up there to discern the problem. Only one guy running the place, short handed, I'd say. My order wasn't shipped because several items were back ordered. And since he had already debited by credit card, I realized I wasn't going to get my order or a refund, so i substituted items to get to my dollar amount. If you contact him again, ask if the reason is backorder. Then substitute. The back ordered items were tools, Ibex planes and a few others. I haven't puzzled out the riddle of when he answers the phone. To sort this all out, I was there several Thursdays in a row as that is my weekly violin appointment at the conservatory. When I was there, the phone would ring, and he wouldn't answer it, saying that computer technicians were installing better internet functions. Then other times he would answer it. My last trip, a year ago, saw several professional guitar builders hard at work. This is horribly frustrating when this happens, I wish you the best of luck.
  23. It was standard practice amongst old furniture people to keep the varnish brush suspended in thinner so that it never dried out. You could also make a final rinse in thinner and wrap in plastic-wrap. I have never heard this mentioned before either, except in one of my other postings. Sign painters will clean their brush, soak in motor oil, (I use peanut oil), then fold into some newspaper and lay it on the shelf with the others. I assure you no one has more expensive brushes or are required to have better results on a multitude of surfaces than a sign painter.
  24. When you have only the E string tuner on the tailpiece, what is the best way to attach string? I have only recently started playing with a E string tuner and I had a new string break at the tuner after only a couple of weeks. The upright bar that holds the string was slit down the middle for what I thought was to slide the ball end down into if you are not using loops. Is it better to make a loop with the string through the ball end, then over the tuner upright? Or buy looped ends?
  25. First off remember that every single one of us had someone to help us along the way. We all need to and most would like to repay that debt we owe to younger people trying to learn something. None of us are so busy we can't spare a few moments to help you along your way. As a learning experience, this will be a challenge. You will encounter so many different types of problems that no one will have time to answer them all, except maybe in a classroom situation. Read: Violin School. But you can rise to the challenge and become a problem solver like the rest of us. Learn "Critical Thinking". Look that up, write it down and become a problem solver throughout your life. It's probably the greatest joy you will ever experience, the joy of overcoming great odds to make something superior. Learn to make things, tools, jigs, patterns, ways of looking at things, you'll never be sorry. The hard part is to isolate the exact difficulty you are experiencing at this moment. Is it cutting to a line? Is it getting the line in the first place? Will the blade not cut the radius you wish it to cut? These are the questions we need to know in order to help you. No question is so mundane we won't address it, it is the details that matter most. To say: "I can't make moulds, I need to buy one", tells us you are not isolating your exact difficulty in order to solve it. It's only going to get worse if you don't learn this now. Buying a mould won't solve the problem, why don't your other moulds work?
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